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List of famous writers from Vietnam, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Vietnam is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Vietnamese writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Vietnam and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

List contains writers like Nguyen Qui Duc and Trinh T. Minh-ha.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Vietnamese writers?" and "Which writers are from Vietnam?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Vietnam in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Vietnam, but they're all of Vietnam descent.

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Monique Truong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 50 Monique T.D. Truong is a Vietnamese American writer living in Brooklyn, New York. Truong left Vietnam for the United States in 1975 and graduated from high school in Houston, Texas. She served ...more

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Tsui Hark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 68 Tsui Hark, born Tsui Man-kong, is a Vietnamese-born New Wave film director, producer and screenwriter. Tsui has produced & also directed several influential Hong Kong films such as A Better ...more

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Marie-France Pisier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Died at 67 (1944-2011) Marie-France Pisier was a French actress, screenwriter, and director. She appeared in numerous films of the French New Wave and twice earned the national César Award for Best Supporting

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Johnny Tri Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 44 Johnny Tri Nguyen is an actor, stunt performer, film producer, screenwriter and martial artist.

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James Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
James Nguyen age 52 James Nguyen is a film director, screenwriter and actor.

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Pauline Chan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 62 Pauline Chan is an actress, film director, film producer and screenwriter.

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Ho Chi Minh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Died at 79 (1890-1969) Hồ Chí Minh, born Nguyễn Sinh Côn, or Nguyễn Sinh Cung, also known as Nguyễn Tất Thành and Nguyễn Ái Quốc, was a Vietnamese Communist revolutionary leader who was ...more

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Charlie Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Charlie Nguyen age 50 Truc "Charlie" Nguyen is a Vietnamese American film producer, director, screenwriter and martial arts action director.

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Trinh T. Minh-ha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 66 Trinh T. Minh-ha is a Vietnamese filmmaker, writer, literary theorist, composer and professor. She has been making films for over thirty years and may be best known for her films Reassemblage, ...more

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Nam Cao is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Died at 34 (1917-1951) Trần Hữu Tri, commonly known by his pseudonym Nam Cao, was an eminent Vietnamese short story writer and novelist. His works generally received high acclaim from critics for their thoughtful ...more

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Tran Ham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 41 Ham Tran is a Vietnamese American film writer/editor/director, of Hoa ancestry. He earned an MFA in film directing from the UCLA Film School and is most famous for his thesis film The ...more

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Dương Thu Hương is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 71 Dương Thu Hương is a Vietnamese author and political dissident. Formerly a member of Vietnam's Communist party, she was expelled from the party in 1989, and has been denied the right to travel ...more

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Nguyen Nhat Anh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Nguyen Nhat Anh age 63 Nguyễn Nhật Ánh is a Vietnamese author of incisive stories for both teenagers and adults. He also works as a teacher, a poet and a correspondent. His works are enormous, including ...more

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Andrew Lam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 54 Andrew Lam is a Vietnamese American writer. He was born in South Vietnam, where he led a privileged life as the son of General Lâm Quang Thi of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He ...more

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Doan Hoang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Doan Hoang age 46 Doan Hoang or Đoan Hoàng, is a Vietnamese-American documentary film director, producer, editor, and screenwriter. She directed and produced the 2007 documentary Oh, Saigon about her ...more

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Bui Thac Chuyen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Bui Thac Chuyen age 50 Bui Thac Chuyen is a film director.

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Huan Vu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Huan Vu age 36 Huan Vu is a film director, screenwriter, film editor and film producer.

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Luong Manh Hai is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Luong Manh Hai age 37 Luong Manh Hai is an actor and screenwriter.

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Nguyen Ngoc Ngan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Nguyen Ngoc Ngan age 73 Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn is a Vietnamese-Canadian writer and essayist. He was born in Sơn Tây, Vietnam, but his family moved to South Vietnam when the Geneva Accords divided the country in 1954. ...more

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Vu Ngoc Dang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Vu Ngoc Dang age 44 Vu Ngoc Dang is a film director and screenwriter.

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Lan Cao is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 57 Lan Cao is the author of the 1997 novel Monkey Bridge and The Lotus and the Storm. She is also a professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law, specializing in international business ...more

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Le Duan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Le Duan Died at 79 (1907-1986) Lê Duẩn was a Vietnamese communist politician. He rose in the party hierarchy in the late 1950s and became General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam at ...more

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Hàn Mặc Tử is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Died at 28 (1912-1940) Nguyễn Trọng Trí, penname Hàn Mặc Tử was a Vietnamese poet. He was the most celebrated Vietnamese Catholic literary figure during the colonial era. He was born Nguyễn Trọng ...more

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To Huu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
To Huu Died at 82 (1920-2002) Tố Hữu was Vietnam's most famous revolutionary poet. He published five collections of poems, the first of which was the 1946 collection entitled Poem, which included many of his most popular and ...more

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Linh Dinh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 55 Linh Dinh is a Vietnamese-American poet, fiction writer, translator, and photographer. He was a 1993 Pew Fellow.

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Quang Nhuong Huynh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Quang Nhuong Huynh Died at 55 (1946-2001) Quang Nhuong Huynh was a Vietnamese-born American author. He wrote two books, and has received several awards for his autobiographical work The Land I Lost. Huynh is credited as being the first ...more

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Bao Ninh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Bao Ninh age 66 Hoàng Ấu Phương, pen name Bảo Ninh is a Vietnamese novelist, essayist and writer of short stories, best known for his first novel, published in English as The Sorrow of War. During the ...more

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Nguyen Du is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Nguyen Du Died at 54 (1766-1820) Nguyễn Du is a celebrated Vietnamese poet who wrote in chữ nôm, the ancient writing script of Vietnam. He is most known for writing the epic poem The Tale of Kiều.

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Kate Le is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Kate Le age 35

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Aimee Phan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Aimee Phan is a Vietnamese-American author. She was born and raised in Orange County, California. She received her BA in English from UCLA and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she ...more

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Lê Hoàng is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Lê Hoàng age 62 Lê Hoàng is a Vietnamese film director and screenwriter. In 1998 he directed the film Ai xuôi vạn lý which he won several awards for including at the Rotterdam ...more

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Xuan Dieu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Died at 69 (1916-1985) Ngô Xuân Diệu more commonly known by the pen name Xuân Diệu, was a prominent Vietnamese poet. A colossal figure in modern Vietnamese literature, he wrote about 450 poems ...more

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Nguyễn Đình Chiểu is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Nguyễn Đình Chiểu Died at 66 (1822-1888) Nguyễn Đình Chiểu was a Vietnamese poet who was known for his nationalist and anti-colonial writings against the French colonization of Cochinchina, the European name for the southern ...more

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Phan Chu Trinh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Phan Chu Trinh Died at 54 (1872-1926) Phan Chu Trinh also known as Phan Châu Trinh was a famous early 20th century Vietnamese nationalist. He also used the alias Tây Hồ. He sought to end France's colonial occupation of ...more

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Bui Tin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Bui Tin age 91 Former People's Army of Vietnam Colonel Bùi Tín is a Vietnamese dissident.

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Nguyen Qui Duc is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Nguyen Qui Duc Nguyen Qui Duc is a Vietnamese American radio broadcaster, writer, editor and translator. Born in Da Lat, Vietnam, he came to the United States in 1975, returning in the fall of 2006 to live in ...more

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Le Thanh Tong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Le Thanh Tong Died at 55 (1442-1497) Lê Thánh Tông was emperor of Vietnam from 1460 until his death. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest emperors of Vietnamese history and the Vietnamese

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Nguyễn Quốc Chánh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Nguyễn Quốc Chánh age 60 Nguyễn Quốc Chánh is a Vietnamese poet. He was born in Bạc Liêu, and now lives in Ho Chi Minh City. He is the author of four collections of poems, Night of the Rising Sun, Inanimate ...more

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Vu Trong Phung is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Vu Trong Phung Died at 27 (1912-1939) Vũ Trọng Phụng was a popular Vietnamese author and journalist, who is considered to be one of the most influential figures of the Vietnamese literature in the 20th century. Today, several of his ...more

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Nguyen Binh is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Nguyen Binh Died at 48 (1918-1966) Nguyễn Bính was a Vietnamese poet. A committed supporter of the August Revolution he moved to the resistance base in Đồng Tháp Mười leading a literature and arts unit. Later he was ...more

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Thach Lam is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Thach Lam Died at 32 (1910-1942)

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Trần Vũ is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Trần Vũ age 56 Trần Vũ is a Vietnamese-language writer living in France. Vũ arrived in Paris via a boat people camp in the Philippines at the age of seventeen in 1979. His first collection of six novelles was ...more

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Nguyen Binh Khiem is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Died at 94 (1491-1585) Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm was a Vietnamese administrator, educator, poet, sage and later a saint of the Cao Dai religion. He is referred to by several names: tên huý Nguyễn Văn Đạt, ...more

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Đinh Xuân Tửu is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Đinh Xuân Tửu Died at 71 (1925-1996) Đinh Xuân Tửu was a Vietnamese writer and poet. He was born in Hà Tĩnh Province, Vietnam. He was a poet loved by children, one of the founders of the Kim Đồng Publishing House, and ...more

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Lê Quý Đôn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Lê Quý Đôn Died at 58 (1726-1784) Lê Quý Đôn was an 18th-century Vietnamese philosopher, poet, encyclopedist, and government official. His pseudonym was Quế Đường. He was a native of Duyen Ha village in ...more

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Đặng Thân is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Đặng Thân is a notable bilingual poet, fiction writer and essayist, based in Vietnam. In the feature article, "Demilitarized Zone: Report From Literary Vietnam", the New ...more

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Lý Hùng is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Lý Hùng Lý Hùng is a screenwriter.

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Lê An is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Lê An Lê An is a screenwriter.