Thanh Nhung

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THANH NHUNG, pseudonym of Cong Huyen Ton Nu Nha Trang, known principally for her poetry published during the period from 1958 to 1965 in the magazine Pho Thong which was under the editorship of poet Nguyen Vy, and for her two poetry collections published in 1959. A descendant of Emperor Minh Mang of the Nguyen dynasty and of his eleventh son the poet prince Tuy Ly Vuong, Thanh Nhung was born, in 1941 in NhaTrang, the eldest daughter of the late writer poet B. D. Ai My and the poet Tam Tan, who is also known by pen names Trinh Nu and Trinh Tien. Educated at Vo Tanh High School (Nhatrang: 1954-60), Quoc Hoc High School (Hue: 60-61), Faculty of Letters, University of Saigon where she studied English, Vietnamese Literature (61-62), she pursued higher education in Japan and the US, obtained a Ph. D. degree in Asian Studies from University of California at Berkeley (1973). As a professor, poet, writer, and translator living and travelling in twenty countries, she taught and delivered lectures at several universities, published her poems and articles in a number of inland and overseas journals, has been an Associate Editor for The Vietnam Forum and the Lac Viet series of books on Viet Nam (both co-published by Yale University, Southeast Asia Studies and the William Joiner Center, U/Mass, Boston), translated into Vietnamese two book-length Guides and into English a novel. Thanh Nhung received her first publication royalty at age twelve for a short story entitled "A Bowl of Rice in Wartime", and began to compose poetry a couple of years before having her first poem published in Pho Thong in 1958. Her two poetry collections, Tieng Tho Mien Trung (poetry anthology, co-authored with Cao Hoanh Nhan and friends. Vietnam: 1959) and Hoa Muoi Phuong (poetry anthology, co-authored with Dinh Giang and friends. Vietnam: 1959), which were published under the pseudonym Thanh Nhung in 1959, followed by Vietnamese Folklore: An Introductory and Annotated Bibliography. [University of California, Berkeley: Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies, 1970], Favourite Stories from Vietnam. [Hongkong: Heinemann Educational Books (Asia) Ltd., 1978 & 1979], More Folk Narratives from Vietnam. [Singapore: Heinemann Educational Books (Asia) Ltd., 1985], Folk Narratives from Vietnam. [Singapore: Heinemann Educational Books (Asia) Ltd., 1985], The Moon of Ha Bnh [two-volume novel, co-authored with William L. Pensinger. Bangkok: Foundation Autopoy, 1994], and The Green Belt [Translation work, in collaboration with William L. Pensinger, from the Vietnamese novel Vong Dai Xanh (1971) by Ngo The Vinh. (Raleigh, North Carolina: Ivy House Publishing Group, 2004)].

Publications:

1- Tieng Tho Mien Trung (poetry anthology, co-authored with Cao Hoanh Nhan and friends. Vietnam: 1959)
2- Hoa Muoi Phuong (poetry anthology, co-authored with Dinh Giang and friends. Vietnam: 1959),
3- An Introductory and Annotated Bibliography. (University of California, Berkeley: Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies, 1970).
4- Favourite Stories from Vietnam. (Hongkong: Heinemann Educational Books (Asia) Ltd., 1978 & 1979).
5- More Folk Narratives from Vietnam. (Singapore: Heinemann Educational Books (Asia) Ltd., 1985).
6- Folk Narratives from Vietnam. (Singapore: Heinemann Educational Books (Asia) Ltd., 1985)
7- The Moon of Ha Bnh (two-volume novel, co-authored with William L. Pensinger. Bangkok: Foundation Autopoy, 1994)
8- The Green Belt (Translation work, in collaboration with William L. Pensinger, from the Vietnamese novel Vong Dai Xanh (1971) by Ngo The Vinh. (Raleigh, North Carolina: Ivy House Publishing Group, 2004).

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