Huynh Sanh Thong was the director of the Southeast Asian Refugee
project at Yale University, and founder of the Southeast Asia Council's
Vietnam Forum and Lac Viet publications series.
Huynh Sanh Thong was widely regarded
as the preeminent translator of the poetry of Vietnam, and dedicated
much of his life to bringing the achievements of Vietnamese literature
and culture to western audiences. He was awarded the AAS Benda Prize
in 1981, and was a 1987 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship.
Huynh Sanh Thong published three
books with Yale Press, The Heritage of Vietnamese Poetry (1979),
The Tale of Kieu (1987), and An Anthology of Vietnamese
Poetry (2001). In 1984, a billingual edition of poems written
by Nguyen Chi Thien and translated into English by Huynh Sanh Thong
was published by the Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies under
the title Flowers from Hell. In 1985, this book won the International
Poetry Prize in Rotterdam.
For additional details on Thong's life and accomplishments, see
"In Memoriam: Huynh Sanh Thong,"
Yale University Office of Public Affairs, November 26, 2008. http://opa.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=6247
"Huynh Sanh Thong," Journal of Vietnamese Studies,
Vol 3, Issue 1 pps. 220-239 © 2008 Regents of the University
"At Yale, a Scholar Produces Small Magazine Providing Vietnamese
Refugees with a Voice," By Colin Campbell, New York
Times, May 19, 1985. http://select.nytimes.com/search/
Yale University Press - Books
by Huynh Sanh Thong*
Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies - Viet
*The Heritage of Vietnamese Poetry is
out of print, but available from "Books On Demand."