Ministry names overseas singers banned from performances in Vietnam

09:50 | 04/04/2013
The Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has officially requested a ban on six overseas singers from performing in Vietnam due to their joining in a recently released DVD that contained negative comments about Vietnam.


Thanh Tuyen and Tuan Vu are among the singers banned from performances in Vietnam

The singers inlcude Thanh Tuyen, Tuan Vu, Gia Huy, Manh Dinh and couple Quang Minh and Hong Dao who performed on the recently released DVD Asia 71 in the US by the Asia Centre that contained negative comments about Vietnam. The DVD includes 23 songs, with the song “A Million Hearts” composed by the centre's director Truc Ho notable for its negative comments about Vietnam’s future, human rights record and called for a 'wind of change' to sweep the country.

The DVD was the product of a music show held to mark Asia Centre’s 32nd birthday in November 2012 at Long Beach Terrace Theatre in the US. The DVD has been illegally circulated in Vietnam.

The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has instructed agencies and localities to confiscate and destroy the DVD.

Vo Trong Nam, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said that all individuals who had traded or promoted the DVD would be seriously punished.

Nguyen Dang Chuong, Head of the Performing Arts Department, said that, “The agency will not license artists who have negative opinions about Vietnam.”

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