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284pp. September 2011
Vietnam Moment
Author: Paik Sunoo, Brenda; Ton Thi Thu Nguyet;
This photo essay collection presents the beauty and wisdom of the Vietnamese nation and people. The photos break from the war-torn image of Vietnam to allow readers to feel the human beauty of a people maintaining their ancient traditions amidst natural splendor, their patience and determination developed over a winding history, and the affirmation and bravery of a people who have never given up hope.

The 113 photos in “Vietnam Moment,” taken by Korean-American writer and photojournalist Brenda Paik Sunoo during her stay in Vietnam from 2002 to 2008, perfectly convey her knowledge of and affection for the Vietnamese people. Accompanying the photos are folk poems, sayings, and proverbs collected by Paik Sunoo and Vietnam National University English lecturer Ton Thi Thu Nguyet.

In order to promote mutual understanding and reconciliation between Korea, Vietnam and the United States, which share an intertwined history, the photo essay collection is printed in three languages—Korean, Vietnamese and English.

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Author: Paik Sunoo, Brenda; Ton Thi Thu Nguyet;
Brenda Paik Sunoo is a third-generation Korean American writer and photojournalist. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree at Antioch University. Her memoir on loss and healing, “Seaweed and Shamans: Inheriting the Gifts of Grief,” has been published in English, Korean and Vietnamese. She and her husband, Jan, have been living in Hanoi, Vietnam, since 2002. They have one son, David, and a granddaughter, Jolena.

Ton Thi Thu Nguyet was born in Quang Ngai Province. She is currently a lecturer of English at Vietnam National University in Hanoi, where she also received her undergraduate and master’s degree. In 1996, Nguyet established the “Needy Students Support Program” that has assisted more than 1,000 university students throughout the county.



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