Saigon Times Nov. 2014: “Youth orchestra looks to counter Agent Orange with music”

By Harry Hodge
“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

Never has this quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow been more true than it will be this Sunday. The International Youth Orchestra Bridge, comprised of young Vietnamese and S. Korean musicians, is staging a fundraising concert that day to help a special child affected by Agent Orange. The classical music concert will be conducted by South Korean Yoon SungHo.

“Recently, we have realized the fact that there are still many children who are suffering from side effects of Agent Orange in Vietnam through the Sunny Korea Welfare Foundation,” said concert spokesperson JungSim Kim.

The Sunny Korea group learned of a child in Da Nang with conjoined fingers owing to the effects of Agent Orange, and decided to raise funds for his operation and spread awareness through this concert. The youngster is expected to soon undergo the operation at a Ho Chi Minh City Hospital.

“We heard that there are four more children (connected to the group) who need help for surgery,” Kim said.

The concert will take place from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 at Ben Thanh Theater, 6 Mac Dinh Chi, Ben Nghe ward, District 1. You can contact or visit the website.


About hodgedude

I'm a Canadian journalist and teacher, most recently living in Edmonton and Toronto, now located in Ho Chi Minh City. Graduate of Concordia University in Montreal. I've taught English in S. Korea, pulled rickshaws in Canada, taught at a Taiwanese language boot camp, edited newspapers in China and played a French-speaking Spanish colonel on Vietnamese TV. I also play Australian football. Pick up a copy of issue one of my independent comic, "Getting Lucky," at Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, the Comic Hunter in Moncton, New Brunswick, and the Spotted Cow Pub, 111 Bui Vien, District 1, Saigon.
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