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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.
  • 1

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    WorksThe Book of Salt, My Cherry Amour, American Like Me

    Monique T.D. Truong (born 13 May 1968 in Saigon in South Vietnam) is a Vietnamese American writer living in Brooklyn, New York. ...  more
  • 2

    Tsui Hark

    Age: 70

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Indochina, Asia, Southeast Asia, Vietnam

    WorksOnce Upon a Time in China, Once Upon a Time in China II, Iron Monkey, Seven Swords, Twin Dragons

    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 films...  more
  • 3

    Marie-France Pisier

    Dec. at 67 (1944-2011)

    BirthplaceDalat, Vietnam

    WorksLove on the Run, Céline et Julie vont En Bateau

    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 César Award for...  more
  • 4

    BirthplaceBình Dương Province, Vietnam

    WorksClash, The Rebel

    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, Nguyễn and his family...  more
  • 5

    James Nguyen

    Age: 54

    BirthplaceDa Nang, Vietnam

    WorksBirdemic: Shock and Terror, Julie & Jack

    James Nguyen is a film director, screenwriter and actor....
  • 6


    Works33 Postcards, Traps

    Pauline Chan is an actress, film director, film producer and screenwriter....  more
  • 7

    Ho Chi Minh

    Dec. at 79 (1890-1969)

    BirthplaceKim Lien, Vietnam

    WorksThe prison diary of Ho Chi Minh, On revolution; selected writings, 1920-66, Selected works, Ho Chi Minh: selected articles and speeches

    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 Nguyễn Tất Thành, Nguyễn Ái Quốc,...  more

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  • 8

    Charlie Nguyen

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    WorksThe Rebel, Bui Doi Cho Lon, Little Teo

    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 Nguyen, he...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceHanoi, Vietnam

    WorksNaked Spaces: Living Is Round, Cinema interval, Woman, native, other

    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
  • 10

    Nam Cao

    Dec. at 34 (1917-1951)

    BirthplaceLy Nhan District, Vietnam

    WorksChi Pheo, Chi Pheo and other stories

    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
  • 11

    Tran Ham

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    WorksJourney from the Fall, The Anniversary

    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 the UCLA Film...  more
  • 12

    BirthplaceThai Binh Province, Vietnam

    WorksNo Man's Land, Novel without a Name, Các vĩ nhân tỉnh lẻ, Ban mai yên ả, Bên kia bờ ảo vọng

    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 to...  more
  • 13

    Nguyen Nhat Anh

    Age: 65

    BirthplaceThang Binh District, Vietnam

    WorksCho tôi xin một vé đi tuổi thơ, Cú nhảy kinh hoàng, Kaleidoscope

    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 stories, 2...  more
  • 14

    Andrew Lam

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceSouth Vietnam

    WorksPerfume dreams

    Andrew Lam (born 1964) is a Vietnamese American author and journalist who has written about the Overseas Vietnamese experience....  more
  • 15

    Doan Hoang

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceNha Trang, Vietnam

    WorksOh, Saigon

    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, after leaving...  more
  • 16

    Bui Thac Chuyen

    Age: 52

    BirthplaceHanoi, Vietnam

    WorksCuoc Xe Dem, Loi nguyen huyet ngai

    Bui Thac Chuyen is a film director....
  • 17

    Huan Vu

    Age: 38


    WorksThe Color Out of Space, Damnatus

    Huan Vu is a film director, screenwriter, film editor and film producer....
  • 18

    Luong Manh Hai

    Age: 39

    BirthplaceHanoi, Vietnam

    WorksLost in Paradise

    Luong Manh Hai is an actor and screenwriter....
  • 19

    Nguyen Ngoc Ngan

    Age: 75

    BirthplaceSơn Tây, Hanoi, Vietnam

    WorksThe Ballad of Mulan, The will of heaven, The Blind Man and the Cripple - Orchard Village

    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 Geneva Accords...  more
  • 20

    Vu Ngoc Dang

    Age: 46

    BirthplaceThai Binh Province, Vietnam

    WorksLost in Paradise

    Vu Ngoc Dang is a film director and screenwriter....
  • 21

    Lan Cao

    Age: 59


    WorksEverything you need to know about Asian American history, Monkey Bridge

    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
  • 22

    Le Duan

    Dec. at 79 (1907-1986)

    BirthplaceQuảng Trị Province, Vietnam

    WorksThis nation and socialism are one, The Path to Revolution in the South, The Road to the South

    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 Central...  more
  • 23

    Hàn Mặc Tử

    Dec. at 28 (1912-1940)

    BirthplaceĐồng Hới, Vietnam

    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 colonial era.He was born...  more
  • 24

    To Huu

    Dec. at 82 (1920-2002)

    BirthplaceQuảng Điền District, Vietnam

    WorksBlood and flowers, Poems

    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
  • 25

    Linh Dinh

    Age: 57

    BirthplaceHo Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    WorksFake house, Blood and soap, Night, Again, Three Vietnamese Poets

    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  more