French professor receives Vietnamese Studies award

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Nguyen Thi Binh (L), chairman of the Phan Chau Trinh Culture Foundation presents the "Vietnam Studies" award to French professor Philippe Langlet

French professor Philippe Langle, who spent 10 years living in Vietnam, has been honored for his significant contributions making Vietnamese culture and history known to the world.

The  "Vietnamese Studies" award was given on March 21 to the professor in Paris by the Phan Chau Trinh Culture Foundation's chairman Nguyen Thi Binh, former vice president of Vietnam.

Along with his wife, the former professor at Paris VII University has translated a significant number Vietnamese documents into French, including Vietnamese Zen Buddhist poetry and "Giá»›i thiệu lịch sử Việt Nam Ä‘ương Ä‘ại 1975 2000" (Introduction to contemporary Vietnamese history), a 2001 book published by Les Indes Savantes.

Upon receiving the award, Philippe said he wished he was healthier so as to continue many of his unfinished studies related to Vietnam. He also thanked Professor Le Thanh Khoi, who he referred to as his Vietnamese history teacher.

Professor Khoi, 90, former lecturer of the René Descartes University and Chairman of the World Vision Association, was also honored with the 2012 Phan Chau Trinh award for Research.

The 6th annual Phan Chau Trinh Culture Foundation was held on March 25 in Hanoi.

But due to the poor health of both professors, their awards were granted to them in Paris (where they both live) during Binh's trip to France on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords.

The Phan Chau Trinh Culture Foundation, previously called the Phan Chau Trinh Translation Fund, was established in 2007.

The foundation hands out annual awards in four categories: "For the cultural and educational career"; "Translation"; "Vietnamese studies"; and "Research."

This year the four awards will be presented to six individuals.

Bui Tran Phuong, head of the private Hoa Sen University in Ho Chi Minh City and Vu Duc Hieu, director of the Muong Cultural Space Museum, received the "For the cultural and educational career" award.  The "Translation" award was given to both Chu Tien Anh and Pham Duy Hien.

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