Vietnamese Literature’s Journey: From Tradition to Globalization

Vietnamese Literature's Journey: From Tradition to Globalization

Prior to the release of The Sympathizer, Vietnam seemed like a remote place with mysterious inhabitants who were untrustworthy. Mother’s Legacy is an allegory of the country centered on two fathers who died and scattered children.

The main character, Kien goes through different time zones without chapters showing how gothic war rewrites the concept of time.


During the period of revival, Vietnamese literature strove for an aesthetic as well as ethical coherence within its political and social background. For the first time in literature the number of women-authored authors has exploded. Their feminine sensitivity brought new vitality to poetry and prose. The women despise social restrictions based on gender. They embrace visual representations of atrocity and war, along with the psychology of domestic life.

Bao Phi’s Catfish and Mandala is a story about a girl leaving Vietnam during the 90s and struggling to comprehend her family and her own. The novel that is lyrical and sparse that was written by Bao Phi, a Stanford graduate and a spoken-word Slam champion with a style Wallace Stegner favored, is extremely sought-after.

Topics like identity loss as well as reconciliation between cultural as well as generational diversity and dislocation are also important. The most significant of these are subjects of pain and trauma, such as that evoked through the double trauma of sexual assault. The book by Gina Marie Weaver Ideologies of Forgetting examines this subject in her novels by Bao and Duong.

Doi Moi economic reforms literature

When the war was over, Vietnam entered a new stage of transformation. This period was known as Doi Moi, and it consisted of eliminating internal barriers to progress in addition to attempting fix an economy that was not working with foreign investment developing a market-oriented economic system and encouraging exports.

It also led to shifts in the direction of literary work. They shifted from the patriotism of their past to embrace a social concept that focused on human destiny along with universal principles and a critical attitude toward realities. This was especially true of female writers who brought an eminent feminine perspective to the literature during this time of revival.

Le Ly Hayslip’s story, When Heaven and Earth changed places could be the finest example of this new direction. It is about a girl who is caught between pro- and communist rivalries in her locality. The book wowed readers with its frank depictions of postwar resentment and the insecurities of a new Vietnamese administration.

Vietnamese war literature

Many books about Vietnam have been published and some have received literary recognition. These books examine the complicated aspects of the conflict and seek to portray the physical brutality and the ambivalent moral aspects.

A lot of these books comprise memoirs or novels that depict the experiences of American soldiers who served in Vietnam. They also show the social divide between Vietnamese people as well as their American counterparts. A few of these novels have made it into classics, while others fall flat with time and retrospect.

Michael O’Donnell’s poetic works and Tim O’Brien’s memoirs stand among some of the most famous examples of this type. They look at the brutal conditions of war and detail the emotional burden that it takes on the soldiers. They also call for peace and reconciliation, as well as the need for peace in the country. The books we’ve read on the Vietnam War had a huge impact on the way we look at the war. Their writings can help heal the wounds caused by this conflict.

Modern Vietnamese writers

The writing became more sophisticated as modern Vietnamese writers started to embrace Western scientific and philosophical ideas. Southern writers took to using increasingly industrial West elements like globes, pictures, railroads and post, iron bridges (including the railways), electric lights, as well as ships. Printers were Tran Te Xuong also employed as well as magazines and newspapers.

The literary revolution that took place in the North was much more dramatic. Nguyen Thi Kiem was a young woman who spoke on literature in 1933 to the Association for the Promotion of Learning. Her talk attacked old forms of poetry with strict rules that prevented honest representations of the latest events. The poetry of old and the new began a two-year battle with printed words that included individuals in addition to the press.