on Southeast Asia Studies
Viet Nam Publications
The Southeast Asian Refugee Project was begun by
the Yale Council on Southeast Asia Studies in 1981. Its purpose was to
establish an archive for oral accounts, memoirs, histories and writings
contributed by refugees from Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Cambodia,
and Laos. Under the editorial direction of Huynh
Sanh Thông, a Vietnamese language and literature scholar
noted for his translations of poetry, the project produced two fruitful
publication series, The Viêt Nam Forum, featuring
collections of literary works on Vietnamese history, folklore, economy
and politics, and the Lac-Viêt, volumes of poetry,
essays, and novels by individual authors, both original and in translation.
From 1994-1997, editor Dan Duffy brought out
five additional volumes focusing on the work of the first post-war generation
of Viet Nam Scholars, second-generation Vietnamese American Authors writing
in English, and the doi moi (renovation) period in Viet Nam as reflected
in belles-lettres from Ha Noi. These series have concluded with
an annotated bibliography for teachers, (Lac-Viêt #17), featuring
the best Vietnamese literature and scholarship on the culture of Viet
Nam available in English.
Although the Yale SEAS Vietnam Publications Series
is no longer publishing new volumes, an inventory of previously published
books remains available for purchase (scroll
through listings below / or click on series titles above).
Available titles are listed below by volume number with purchase price;
here -> for Out-Of Print volumes: text available as PDF files)
VOLUMES: THONG EDITORSHIP:
Hoa Ðia-Nguc / Flowers from Hell, by Nguyên
136pp. (1984) A bilingual edition of poems selected and translated by
Sanh Thông. $12.00.
The poems were written during the author's twenty
years imprisonment in "re-education camps" of Vietnam from 1958
to 1978. The poet won the 1985 International Poetry Prize in Rotterdam
on the basis of this book.
The English translation (and hand-drawn diacriticals
in this edition) are by Huynh Sanh Thông, widely regarded as the
preeminent translator of the poetry of Vietnam. Thông dedicated
much of his life to bringing the achievements of Vietnamese literature
and culture to western audiences, and was a 1987 MacArthur Fellowship
comment: "What is memorable in these poems is the quality of the
anger, the apocalyptic vision, the survival of dreams, hope, and love,
the minute observation of prison life, and above all, the survival of
poetry in Nguyen Chi Thien....for this tragic man poetry was no luxury
- it was the staff of life." - James C. Scott
Vietnam, Hô Quy Ly and the Ming (1371-1421),
by John K. Whitmore.
205pp. (1985) The first full length study in English
devoted to a major figure at a critical period in Vietnamese history.
#3. Chinh Phu Ngâm / The Song of a Soldier's Wife, by Dang
Trân Côn & Phan Huy Ich.
(transl. & annotated by Huynh Sanh Thông;
illustrated by Trúng Duong).
118pp. (1986) A classic of lyrical verse in a bilingual edition. $10.00.
#6. Exile in a Cold Land: A Vietnamese Community in Canada, by
Louis-Jacques Dorais, Lise Pilon-Lê & Nguyên Huy.
209pp. (1987) An anthropological and sociological
#7. Blood Brothers, by Pham Van Ky.
134pp. (1987) A novel translated from the French
(Frères de sang) by Margaret Mauldon; introduced and annotated
by Lucy Nguyên. A young Vietnamese intellectual caught between East
and West. $10.00.
#9. Two Essays on Dai-Viêt in the Fourteenth Century, by
180pp. (1988) Poetry and government as interpreted
by distinguished historian. $15.00.
#10. The Tradition of Human Rights in China and Vietnam, by Stephen
B. Young & Nguyên Ngoc Huy.
480pp. (1990) A comparative study by a lawyer
and a political scientist. $20.00.
Fallen Leaves, by Nguyên Thi Thu-Lâm.
224 pp. (1989) A Vietnamese woman reminisces about
her life before and after the fall of Saigon. $15.00.
#14. New Perspectives on Vietnamese Music, (ed.) Phong T. Nguyên.
138pp. (1991) Six essays explore scholarly perspectives
concerning Vietnamese music and ethnomusicology: illustrations, photographs,
and music. >Available only through The International Association for
Research in Vietnamese Music, 2005 Willow Ridge Circle, Kent, OH 44240
; fax: 330-673-4434)
LATER VOLUMES: DUFFY EDITORSHIP:
#15. The End of the Vietnamese Monarchy, by Bruce McFarland
Lockhart. [OUT OF PRINT]
(NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD)
242 pp. (1993) The decline and fall of a pattern
of government, and of the ideals which provided its foundation. $15.00
#16. Nine Stories from the Newspaper of the Viet Nam Writers Union,
Bao Van Nghe, selected, translated and illustrated by Rosemary Nguyen.
192 pp. (1997). A selection from the ordinary fiction
of a Ha Noi weekly newspaper, presented to give a sense of the short stories
that are the bread and butter of readers in Viet Nam. $18.00
17. Vietnamese Perspectives on the War in Viet Nam: an Annotated Bibliography
of Works in English, by John C. Schafer.
136 pp. (1997). An annotated resource particularly
for the non-specialist teaching topics related to Viet Nam. $18.00. See
beta version of the Web Page adaptation at http://www.yale.edu/seas/bibliograpy/
Viet Nam Forum
1983-1990 volumes (# 1-13; Thong editorship)
still in print are listed below,
-and are available at $10.00 each. (click
here -> for Out-Of Print volumes: text available as PDF files)
Volumes from 1994 (# 14-16; Duffy editorship)
are priced individually as indicated:
AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
Volume 2 (1983)
Volume 3 (1984)
Volume 9 (1987)
Volume 13 (1990)
"A Review of Vietnamese Culture and Society"
(formerly titled "Focus on Contemporary
Fiction, the 1920's and Visits Home,") 358pp $15.00
"North Vietnam Now: Fiction and Essays from Ha Noi,"
"Not a War: American Vietnamese Fiction, Poetry and Essays,"
texts of the OUT OF PRINT Viet Nam Forum volumes
below can be downloaded as PDF files (Adobe
Acrobat software required)
Volume 4, 178
pages (1984) - (Click
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Volume 5, 264
pages (1985) - (Click
- 12,730 KB)
Volume 7, (not
yet available for download)
280 pages (1986) - (Click
- 12,427 KB)
252 pages (1987) - (Click
to download - 10,779 KB)
267 pages (1988) - (Click
download - 11,198 KB)
Volume 12, 226 pages
(1988) - (Click
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to be a third series under the auspices of the Southeast Asian Refugee Project,
only one volume was published in 1986. The Hmong World Volume 1 was
edited by Brenda Johns and David Strecker, with cover drawings by Marsha
Macdowell from Michigan Hmong Arts: Hmong Coloring Book (Michigan
State University, 1983).
|Now out of print,
scanned text of The Hmong World 1
is available for download as a PDF file
(Adobe Acrobat required) Click
to download (10,727 KB)