From ‘Cultural Pollution’ to Pop Culture

Tháng Năm 11, 2006 at 10:41 chiều 2 comments

By David Tran 

Who’s at the top of Vietnamese Music Charts? Public Enemy and Snoop Doggy Dogg 

CITY – “May I have your ticket stub?” a young man asked me as I left the concert hall after a performance by the American pop singer Lobo.“I couldn’t afford a ticket,” he explained, “but my parents would like to think I heard Lobo. He was their idol 20 year ago.” Lobo is known for his Sixties hit “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo.”Western popular music, often heard in southern
Vietnam in the 1960s and ‘70s, is in style once more. Even older tunes seem fresh to younger Vietnamese and stir their parents’ memories of the past. Pepsico –
Vietnam has sponsored recent shows of international pop singer including John Denver, Canada’s Bryan Adams, the British star Leo Sayer and a group named Boney M.Tentative plans for a concert by Janet Jackson are in the works.
Minister of Culture and Information Tran Hoan[1], in a departure from past practic, attended the Boney M show and applauded enthusiastically with the rest of the audience.Until recently, the Vietnamese government was denouncing Western popular music as “cultural pollution.” Officials now often permit pop music concerts, because they think such events help to ebuild the country and open its doors. Bryan Adams praised the new policy at a press cinference after his concert.Tran Tan Loc, deputy director of
Ho Chi Minh City’s Culture and Information Bureau, promises tp permit many kinds of popular music shows, “provided they don’t violate regulations and Vietnamese cultural tradition.”
With that offcial seal of approval, pop music tapes and compact disks are on sale on every street of the big cities and even in remote mountain towns.Original music is expensive, tapes costing about 100,000 dongs ($10) and CDs 250,000 dongs. Counterfeit items smuggled in from China or
Hong Kong, however, cost only 60,000 dongs for a tape and 25,000 dongs for a CD.
The government-owned radio and television stations now broadcast live pop music concerts carried by satellite.Danh Duc estimates that a million people read his weekly column, “Pop Letter,” in the newspaper Thanh Nien (Youth). Duc lists as some of the current favotite tunes in Vietnam “Bad,” “We Are the World,” Michael  Jackson’s “Thriller,” Madona’s “Secret,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” Lionel Richie’s “Nothing Gonna change My Love for you,” Whitney Houston’s “Missing you” and Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”.Duc says the favorite groups to day are th Rolling Stones, Boyz II Men, Aerosmith, Nirvana and the Pet Shop Boys.Young Vietnamese like to watch th MTV channel. They are especially fond of rap music by groups like Public Enemy and Snoop Doggy, even if they can’t understand the words.The general director of Pepsi-Cola’s
Vietnam branch, Pham Phu Ngoc Trai, whose son is a rock fan, loved to listen to the Beatles 20 years ago. “It was the time of the Vietnam war, and our generation’s biggest dream was for peace and love,” Trai said. “The Beatles sang about our dreams. Our children are luckier than we were, because nowadays they can enjoy it all: peace, love and music.”
 (Worldwise, 2-1997) 

[1] Passed away in 2000


Entry filed under: Viet Nam My Love.

You Don’t See Spot Before You Eat Him THAY TRO VA CA PHE

2 phản hồi Add your own

  • 1. Jim leonard storm chaser  |  Tháng Mười Hai 12, 2006 lúc 9:53 chiều

    Maybe lobo ought to become a storm chaser? For my protection I did not leave my correct e,mailing adress. I live in south florida and have heard his music all through my life. He is an indian singer that thinks he is the best but he isn,t. In fact his music bores me other then anything given the fact he sings silly songs about being on a reservation that doesn,t exist…

    Phản hồi
  • 2. Jim leonard storm chaser  |  Tháng Mười Hai 12, 2006 lúc 9:54 chiều

    Get a life kent!!!

    Phản hồi

Trả lời

Mời bạn điền thông tin vào ô dưới đây hoặc kích vào một biểu tượng để đăng nhập: Logo

Bạn đang bình luận bằng tài khoản Đăng xuất / Thay đổi )

Twitter picture

Bạn đang bình luận bằng tài khoản Twitter Đăng xuất / Thay đổi )

Facebook photo

Bạn đang bình luận bằng tài khoản Facebook Đăng xuất / Thay đổi )

Google+ photo

Bạn đang bình luận bằng tài khoản Google+ Đăng xuất / Thay đổi )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Tháng Năm 2006
« Th4   Th6 »

Most Recent Posts

%d bloggers like this: