US, Vietnamese writers to discuss Vietnam literature's standing

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Writers from Vietnam and the US gathered on Thursday to talk about promoting post-war Vietnamese literature in the US at a week-long conference.

The conference will evaluate what has been done over the past 35 years by US authors, translators, researchers, press agencies and publishers to introduce Vietnamese literature to their audience.

It also aims to highlight what Vietnamese counterparts have done to promote themselves at conferences and cultural exchange events in the US.

Authors at the conference will share their views about the impact of Vietnamese literature and how it influences the way Americans view Vietnam and Vietnamese people.

Well-known Vietnamese authors Nguyen Duy, Nguyen Quang Thieu, Le Minh Khue and Lam Thi My Da will be present along with US authors Kevin Bowen, Larry Heinemann, Fred Marchant and Martha Collins.

The conference, organized by Hanoi Culture University and William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences from the University of Massachusetts, will be held in Hanoi and the nearby Hoa Binh Province.

Before the conference, the authors attended a poetry night in Hanoi and spoke with literature students at Hanoi Education University.

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