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A Vietnamese-American Poet's First Return to Vietnam After Half a Century

The barking of a nearby dog forced Hoa Nguyen to pause mid-stanza. It was as if the canine was attempting to collaborate with her poem, a fitting start to the Year of the Dog. This young year saw the ...

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Almost Noble: A Review of 'Punji Trap'

The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s breakthrough 2015 novel, is a fictional tale of a North Vietnamese spy working inside the South Vietnamese army during the last legs of the American War. Duality a...

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Vietnamese-American Poet Ocean Vuong Wins Prestigious Literary Award

On January 15, it was announced that Vietnamese-American poet and essayist Ocean Vuong’s debut poetry collection Night Sky With Exit Wounds has won the prestigious 2017 T.S. Eliot Prize.

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Saigoneer Bookshelf: On Reading Thi Bui's Illustrated Memoir in Saigon

One of my favorite pastimes during summer holidays was reading through the textbooks for my next school year. History textbooks were the most interesting and fun to read: they were like the Harry Pott...

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Bill Gates Includes 2 Vietnamese-American Authors in List of 5 Top Books in 2017

Bill Gates has included two books by authors with deep connections to Vietnam in his recent list of five great titles he read this year.

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Award-Winning Vietnamese Graphic Novel ‘Long Than Tuong’ Released as English E-Book

The first volume of Vietnam’s award-winning graphic novel Long Than Tuong is now available as an English-language e-book.

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Vietnamese, English Versions of Acclaimed Art Book 'The First Journey' Now Available for Order

Fans of 'The First Journey' will be glad to find out that both the Vietnamese and English versions of the book are now available to order.

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Bringing Literature to Life: Kickstarter Campaign Aims to Translate 2 Vietnamese Novels

For Minh Bui Jones, editor and founder of the Mekong Review, the greatest pleasure of his work is discovering an exciting book or writer that he has never heard of before.

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Award-Winning Vietnamese Children's Book 'The First Journey' Finally Released

It’s been over a year since we wrote about The First Journey, the award-winning children's book that clinched the top prize at 2016’s Asia-wide Scholastic Picture Book Award competition.

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How Mekong Review Aims to Connect Southeast Asia Through Literature

First published in late 2015, The Mekong Review has quickly garnered a sterling reputation in a region short on quality print publications. Minh Bui Jones, its founder and editor, talks to Saigoneer a...

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[Illustrations] Young Illustrator Breathes New Life Into Work of Vietnamese Poet

Poet Tran Dang Khoa’s most beloved collection of children’s poetry is receiving a makeover, thanks to young illustrator and graphic designer Pham Quang Phuc.

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Meet Inrasara, the Poet Keeping Cham Culture Alive

Born in the oldest Cham village in Vietnam, poet and literary critic Inrasara has been keeping Cham literature alive for over 30 years. From textbooks to poetry, literary criticism to publishing, the ...

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[Photos] Saigon Just Got a Fancy New Pedestrian Book Street

While Saigon faces a major deficit when it comes to public space, it looks like the city has recognized its value following the success of Nguyen Hue's pedestrian boulevard.

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Where to Find Disappearing Old Books in Saigon

There is a German proverb – "Alle guten dinge sind drei" – which refers to the joy gained from one’s efforts. Living in the digital age, we are blessed – or cursed, depending on your point o...

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Book Box Vietnam: Encouraging People to Spread and Share the Written Word

Inspired by the Little Free Library project, a group of young Saigon residents has launched a book exchange project called Book Box – placing little boxes of free books in public places.