HCM CITY — A book project to promote Vietnamese culture to Vietnamese and international readers called “Tủ Sach Văn Hóa Viet” (Bookshelf of Viet Nam Culture) has been launched.
The project was initiated by the CHI Cultural Joint Stock Company (Chibooks) in collaboration with the country’s leading publishing houses of Văn Học (Literature) and Lao Đong (Labour), aiming to translating Vietnamese cultural books into other languages.
The programme now features eight titles about people, culture and cuisine from different regions of Viet Nam, written by six authors including Đao Thị Thanh Tuyền, Đỗ Quang Tuấn Hoang, and Phi Tan.
Tuyền presents two books Sai Gòn Rong Ruổi Nỗi Nho (Sai Gòn and Nostalgia) highlighting her love for her second homeland, and Nha Trang Mua Đẹp Nhất (Best Season of Nha Trang) featuring life, food and people of the coastal city - her hometown.
The 62-year-old author said she was nervous when learning that her books were chosen for the project.
“I wonder what people who don’t speak Vietnamese think of my books. I have many foreign friends and I love to gift them my books, especially the English version,” Tuyền said.
Born in Khanh Hòa Province, Tuyền graduated from the HCM City University of Technology and Education in 1981, and then worked at the Khanh Hòa Province’s Department of Science and Technology.
She began her writing career in 1997 and has released 12 literature works. She is a member of the Khanh Hòa Province’s Association of Literature and Arts.
Tuyền is now retired and living in HCM City.
The project also includes Vắt Qua Những Ngan May (Acoss the Country) by Đỗ Quang Tuấn Hoang about his journey to discover life and people all over the country, and Ha Noi: Chuyen Ăn, Chuyen Uống Mot Thời (Cuisine of old Ha Noi) by Vũ Thế Long.
At first, the eight books will be translated into English and Chinese by native translators.
Chibooks will publish the books overseas, as well as showcase them at international book fairs.
The company will sell book copyright for foreign publishers who want to translate into their own languages.
Nguyễn Le Chi, director of Chibooks, said many foreign translators were good at language, but did not know the country’s culture well. So the project aims to help them understand more about Vietnamese culture in order to improve translation.
“The project may not see results in one or two years. However, if we try our best and have trust in our path, we’ll see results in five years,” Chi added. VNS
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