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Famous Writers from Vietnam

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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 51
Monique T.D. Truong (born 13 May 1968 in Saigon in South Vietnam) is a Vietnamese American writer living in Brooklyn, New York.
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Tsui Hark is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 69
Tsui Hark (Chinese: 徐克, Vietnamese: Từ Khắc, born 15 February 1950), born Tsui Man-kong, is a Chinese film director, producer and screenwriter. Tsui has directed several influential Hong Kong ...more
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Marie-France Pisier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Dec. at 67 (1944-2011)
Marie-France Pisier (10 May 1944 – 24 April 2011) was a French actress, screenwriter, and director. She appeared in numerous films of the French New Wave and twice earned the national ...more
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Johnny Tri Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 45
Johnny Trí Nguyễn is a Vietnamese martial arts choreographer, film actor and stuntman who is mainly active in the Vietnamese film industry.Born in Bình Dương, Saigon, Vietnam, ...more
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James Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
James Nguyen age 53
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 63
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
Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)
Hồ Chí Minh (; Vietnamese: [hò cǐ mīŋ̟] (listen), Saigon: [hò cǐ mɨ̄n] (listen); Chữ nôm: 胡志明; 19 May 1890 – 2 September 1969), born Nguyễn Sinh Cung, also known as ...more

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Charlie Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Charlie Nguyen age 51
Charlie Nguyen, Vietnamese name is Nguyen Chanh Truc (born September 25, 1968), is Vietnamese-American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is the older brother of actor Johnny Tri ...more
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Trinh T. Minh-ha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 67
Trinh T. Minh-ha (born 1952 in Hanoi) 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 ...more
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Nam Cao is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Dec. at 34 (1917-1951)
Trần Hữu Tri (1915—1951), commonly known by his pseudonym Nam Cao, was a 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 (Trần Hàm) is a Vietnamese American film writer, editor, and director. He is of Hoa (Chinese Vietnamese) ancestry, specifically Teochew.He earned an MFA in film directing from ...more
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Dương Thu Hương is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 72
Dương Thu Hương (born 1947) 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 ...more
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Nguyen Nhat Anh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Nguyen Nhat Anh age 64
Nguyễn Nhật Ánh (born May 7, 1955) is a Vietnamese author who writes for teenagers and adults. He also works as a teacher, poet and correspondent. His works include approximately 24 short ...more
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Andrew Lam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 55
Andrew Lam (born 1964) is a Vietnamese American author and journalist who has written about the Overseas Vietnamese experience.
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Doan Hoang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Doan Hoang age 47
Doan Hoang or Đoan Hoàng is a Vietnamese-American documentary film director, producer, editor, and writer. She directed and produced the 2007 documentary Oh, Saigon about her family, ...more
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Bui Thac Chuyen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Bui Thac Chuyen age 51
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 37
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 38
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 74
Nguyễn Ngọc Ngạn (born 9 March 1945 in Sơn Tây in Hanoi) is a Vietnamese-Canadian writer and essayist. He was born in Sơn Tây, Vietnam, but his family moved to South Vietnam when the ...more
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Vu Ngoc Dang is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Vu Ngoc Dang age 45
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 58
Lan Cao (born 1961) is the author of the novels Monkey Bridge (1997) and The Lotus and the Storm (2014). She is also a professor of law at the Chapman University School of Law, specializing in ...more
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Le Duan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Le Duan Dec. at 79 (1907-1986)
Lê Duẩn (Vietnamese: [lē zʷə̂n]; 7 April 1907 – 10 July 1986) was a Vietnamese communist politician. He rose in the party hierarchy in the late 1950s and became General Secretary of the ...more
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Hàn Mặc Tử is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
Dec. at 28 (1912-1940)
Nguyễn Trọng Trí, penname Hàn Mặc Tử (September 22, 1912 - November 11, 1940) was a Vietnamese poet. He was the most celebrated Vietnamese Catholic literary figure during the ...more
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To Huu is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
To Huu Dec. at 82 (1920-2002)
Tố Hữu (4 October 1920 – 9 December 2002) was Vietnam's most famous revolutionary poet.He published seven collections of poems, the first of which was the 1946 collection entitled Từ ấy ...more
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Linh Dinh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Vietnam
age 56
Linh Dinh (Vietnamese Đinh Linh, born 1963, Saigon, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-American poet, fiction writer, translator, and photographer. He was a 1993 Pew Fellow. He writes for Unz.com.