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We’re very sorry to bring you the news that
PHAM CONG THIEN has died at the age of 71 on March 03, 2011.
Pham Cong Thien, Vietnamese poet, writer, progressive thinker, translator and professor, born on June 01, 1941 in My Tho, South Vietnam, known when he was young as Hoang Thu Uyen, a pen name for his then translation pieces, believed to be at the age 15 proficient in five different languages including French, English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and capable of understanding Sanskrit and Latin, though he disdained all forms of formal education, rarely attended classes and at last quitted secondary school without a diploma. He started in the literary community at an early age, published his “Anh Ngu Tinh Am Tu Dien” (Dictionary of English Linguistics and Phonetics) in 1957 when he was only 16. In the period from 1957 to 1970 when he left Vietnam he contributed to the Saigon-based magazines Bong Lua, Pho Thong, Bach Khoa, Van, Giu Thom Que Me. At 22, he wrote the essay on Bodhidharma, the 28th Indian Patriarch of Buddhism who came to China about 520 A.D., and who later became the first Patriarch of Zen Buddhism in China. The years from 1964 to 1970 saw a period of great creativity for Pham Cong Thien, in which he published most of his important and influential works. The essay on Bodhidarma published in 1964 and the others in the following years which contained brilliant value on literature and philosophy brought him fame throughout the country as a young writer and thinker of great talent. His talent has obviously been recognized in the field of education: holding no degree yet as early as in 1966 he was appointed to a professorship of philosophy at Van Hanh University where he later became the Academic Program Director for all departments (1966-1968). From 1968 to 1970 he was Dean of Literature and Humanity Science, also editor of Tu Tuong Magazine, the official voice of the University. Prior to taking his posts in Van Hanh University, he had accepted the scholarship offered by Yale and Columbia University and went to the US where he met the American novelist and scholar Henry Miller (1891-1980), who became his close friend, and later his son’s godfather. In the US, he did enroll in the universities but soon afterwards decided to break off the enrollment claiming it was unnecessary (following “Ho tham cua tu tuong”, published in 1967). In 1970, the Venerable Thich Minh Chau, Rector of Van Hanh University arranged his departure for France. He settled in Paris where he lived philosophically in difficult financial conditions, found himself a night security guard, owed much to the support of his generous friends. In Paris, he enrolled University of Sorbonne and, despite his previous attitude towards formal education, expected to receive a PH.D in four years. Also in Paris, he met and despite the hardship married in 1971 his former student of philosophy at Van Hanh University who came to Bruxelles pursuing her higher education. The marriage resulted in five children who all are living in France. In 1974, he moved to Toulouse, with his family, for a post of professor of philosophy which had been offered by Toulouse University. Nine years later, in 1983, he left France for the US, taught courses of philosophy at a Buddhist Institute in California, and became US citizen in few years afterwards. He retreated to his secluded life in Houston, Texas in 2005.
(more in current issue Volume 13 – Number 1 – Jan 2011 )
-- IN THE NEWS OF SORROW
We’re very sorry to bring you the news that
NGUYEN TON NHAN (Photo courtesy Tuoi Tre Online) has died at the age of 64 on January 31, 2011. Nguyen Ton Nhan, pseudonym of Nguyen Huu Thanh, poet, writer, translator, born on February 01, 1948 in Hai Duong, North Vietnam. In 1954, as the Geneva Accord dividing North and South Vietnam at the 17th Parallel, his parents immigrated with him to South Vietnam, settling in Saigon where he grew up. Since 1967, he taught himself Chinese, composed poems. His debut collection of poetry is “Thanh ca”, which is followed by another collection of poetry “Luc bat ba cau” in the following year. He started working with Chinese in 1988 and published his two translations in 1989, one of them was “Xung hu chan kinh” published by Van Hoc Publisher. From then on, he mainly focused on studying on Chinese literature, Confucianism and Taoism, and published more than 50 books of translations, including “Dịch va chu giai nho giao Trung Quoc”, Lao Tu Dao duc kinh”, Trang Tu Nam hoa Kinh”, Xung hu chan kinh”, “Tu dien thanh ngu dien tich Trung Quoc”, “Tu dien Han Viet van ngon dan chung, “Tu dien danh nhan Trung quoc”, “Ban Linh Hieu Lam”, “Bach phat ma nu truyen”. His 1,521-paged “Bach khoa thu van hoa co dien Trung Quoc”, 1,400-paged “Hoai Nam Tu, and “Dai Tu Dien tho Duong” (2,000 Chinese poems to be translated and noted), and his most recently 1,700-paged “Nho Giao Trung Quoc” achieved much public recognition.
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