Two Shores / Deux rives

By Thuong Vuong-Riddick

Two Shores / Deux rives
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Two Shores is the first collection of poetry in English by a Vietnamese immigrant to the West. Born in Hanoi in 1940 and then moving to Saigon in 1954, Thuong Vuong-Riddick first describes life in Vietnam under the influence of the Japanese, the Chinese, the Vietminh, the French, ... Read more


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Two Shores is the first collection of poetry in English by a Vietnamese immigrant to the West. Born in Hanoi in 1940 and then moving to Saigon in 1954, Thuong Vuong-Riddick first describes life in Vietnam under the influence of the Japanese, the Chinese, the Vietminh, the French, and the Americans, as well as the difficulties of living through "the big Hunger. "In the second part of the book, she deals with her second shore, her life as an immigrant: first in Paris where she experienced the student revolution of May 1968; then in Montreal where she taught at the Universities of Montreal and McGill. Married now to a Canadian, she is making a new life for herself in Vancouver. Two Shores is a dual language edition: Vuong-Riddick wrote the poems first in English and then recreated them in French.

Thuong Vuong-Riddick

Thuong Vuong-Riddick was born in Hanoi in 1940-during the French regime. Under Ngo-Dinh Diem, she moved to Saigon and obtained her B.A. degree, but was soon caught up in the war of political factions. In 1962, she travelled to Paris where she acquired a second B.A., an M.A. and her Doctorate. She has taught French in both Saigon and in Paris.In 1969, Vuong-Riddick emigrated to Canada where she taught literature at the University of Montreal and at McGill University. In 1981, she movedto Victoria, British Columbia, where she taught at the University of Victoria until 1989. She has also worked in television, specializing in programmes for Vietnamese and French communities. Two Shores / Deux rives is her first collection of poetry. She is presently at work on a prose memoir of her family in Vietnam.

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