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Vietnam artists to support half-Vietnamese survival of ferry disaster in Korea show — TalkVietnam

Vietnam artists to support half-Vietnamese survival of ferry disaster in Korea show

Posted: 27 Sep 2014 04:29 AM PDT
Around 30 Vietnamese artists will be in South Korea next month to join a four-day program to support the Vietnamese community in the East Asian country, particularly a half-Vietnamese girl who survived the tragic Sewol ferry disaster in April.

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They include singers Thu Minh, Hoang Hai, Truc Nhan, Trang Phap, cai luong (a kind of Vietnamese traditional music) artist Que Tran, and the artist delegation from the Vietnam Contemporary Art Theatre.



The program, running from October 1 to 4, aims at establishing an aid society to support Kwon Ji Yeon, the five-year-old passenger rescued from the Sewol ferry that sank off South Korean coast on April 16.

Kwon was born to a Vietnamese mother and a South Korean father who died in the accident with her older brother. The Sewol ferry disaster killed more than 290 people.

The program is one of the major activities of a series to celebrate the 22nd year anniversary of the Vietnam – South Korean relation.

The main show of the program, slated to take place on September 3 at Hong Seong City in Chung Cheong Nam District, is expected to be broadcast on Vietnam Television on November 9, and in South Korea the same month.

The show director Oh Hyung Jick has expressed his appreciation of Vietnamese artists since they do not receive any payment for their performance.

This is the second time the show is hosted in South Korea, after last year’s event, which caught attention from the Vietnamese community in the country.

Both shows are intended to help Vietnamese people living in Korea ease the nostalgia for their homeland.

There are around 230,000 Vietnamese people living in Korea, including about 70,000 Vietnamese wives of local men.

The performances also hope to help children who were born to Vietnamese – Korean parents understand more about Vietnamese culture.
Vietnam artists to support half-Vietnamese survival of ferry disaster in Korea show — TalkVietnam
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