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Vive la France at RMIT Vietnam

Monday, July 28, 2014 - 11:58
RMIT Vietnam students at French week
International Club students Pham The Hung Quan and Nguyen Hai Anh with artist Suby One during French Week at RMIT Vietnam

For anyone wondering about the guy with the pork pie hat at RMIT Vietnam Saigon South last week, no prizes for guessing he was an artist.

Ho Chi Minh City-based French artist Suby One exhibited a gallery of six paintings - a highlight of French Week at the University.

The week of French-related activities was run by the students’ International Club, which has around 50 members according to member Pham The Hung Quan.

Suby One, who has been living in Ho Chi Minh City for a year, exhibited at an event late in the week, where RMIT Vietnam lecturer Caroline Nguyen spoke to students about French culture.

“She said that while France has an image of being romantic and perfect it’s not always easy to live there,” Mr Quan said

“There is racial prejudice and some violence – not as people imagine.”

Caroline told the students that France is a great Socialist society with the best healthcare system in the world and free education, including public universities.

"There's always something to do in France: an exhibition to attend, a concert to go, a museum to visit," she said.

"Everyone has a chance to succeed; despite these advantages, French people are the most depressed ones, they love complaining and they are well known for their strikes."

Other events held during the week were the sale of French street food and waffle cooking, both at a booth at the RMIT Vietnam Saigon South site near Highlands Coffee.

The week finished up with a relaxing movie session: A Monster in Paris!