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Vietnamese-American PhD student wins scholarship to Columbia University after studying Han Nom

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Nguyen Thuy Dan won a scholarship from Columbia University in the US to pursue a doctorate in East Asian languages and cultures, with research on the formation and development of Vietnamese thoughts in medieval and modern times.

Vietnamese-American PhD student wins scholarship to Columbia University after studying Han Nom 

Dan, born in 1994 in the US, is especially good at ancient literature written in Han-Nom (Chinese-Nom characters. Nom is native Vietnamese derived from Chinese script).

However, Dan was not taught Han-Nom literature at high school or university before in the US. He learned it on his own.

Dan was born in Sacramento, California. Dan learned Vietnamese from his parents so that he could read books to his grandmother. His grandmother, born in 1920, was illiterate, and needed her grandson’s help.

When Dan turned 13, his parents brought him to Vietnam where he traveled to many places in the northern, central and southern regions. He went to his mother’s village of Nam Dinh and his father’s village of Nghe An – Ha Tinh.

He then wanted to study the Nom script. However, as he could not find a teacher, his parents bought a Nom script dictionary for him. Dan returned to the US with the dictionary and began learning Nom script by himself for three years.

At the age of 16, he returned to Vietnam once again and became a teacher of English in the outlying Cu Chi district in HCM City. During that time, Dan continued learning Vietnamese.

One day, he heard a 15-year-old girl reading a poem of Ba Huyen Thanh Quan (Ba Huyen Thanh Quan, 1805-1848, was a Vietnamese famous woman poet). He felt so moved that he decided to write poetry.

Nguyen Thuy Dan won a scholarship from Columbia University in the US to pursue a doctorate in East Asian languages and cultures, with research on the formation and development of Vietnamese thoughts in medieval and modern times.

The years at high school and the shock he got after the death of the grandmother when he was 18 years old caused Dan to become even more enthusiastic about learning Han-Nom ancient literature.

This was because the grandmother told him that many members of the great family were very good at sages’ words. She had devoted her life to her children and grandchildren, and he wanted to make her happy knowing that there was another person in the family who understood Confucianism.

He spent many months learning Chinese characters in a house in northern California. After high school, Dan studied at thecUniversity of Houston. He obtainedca bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Musical Performance (Piano, Clavecin and Church Organ).

He spent a lot of time on Han-Nom studies as well.

After finishing higher education, he returned to California, beginning in-depth research on religion, western and oriental philosophy. He conducted research on Nguyen Duc Dat, a Confucian during the reign of King Tu Duc.

Dan returned to Hanoi for three months to study at the Institute of Han Nom Studies on a scholarship. In 2019, Dan was granted a PhD scholarship at Columbia University, which that year had launched a new major in Vietnamese studies.

“When I graduated from college, I worked as a performing musician. I had had no intention of continuing to study at a higher level until a friend told me one day that Columbia University had the right major for me. And I applied and got a full scholarship from the school,” he said.

The two majors he followed at university did not have a relation with his current major. But his basic knowledge, experience, in-depth research and translations apparently impressed the school. 

Nguyen Thi Bich Hau

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/feature/vietnamese-american-phd-student-wins-scholarship-to-columbia-university-after-studying-han-nom-746686.html

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Breakfast @ Tien Phong News – November 27

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Check out the news you should not miss today:

Politics

— Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue will pay official visits to Australia and New Zealand from November 30 to December 6, the Vietnam News Agency quoted the NA Foreign Relations Committee as saying on Saturday.

Society

— Ho Chi Minh City will build three wastewater collection and treatment stations with a total capacity of 365,000 cubic meters a day.

— The Binh Thuan Province Border Guard Command on Saturday said they were investigating a case in which a fishing boat with eight fishermen on board was rammed by a transport ship while they were fishing in the waters of the south-central city of Phan Thiet the night before.

Business

— Vietnam’s seafood exports have fully recovered after the COVID-19 pandemic, with export turnover reaching US$10 billion by the end of November and being forecast to top $11 billion by the end of this year, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers Truong Dinh Hoe reported at a seminar in Can Tho City on Saturday.

— More than 90 percent of local businesses temporarily stopped operating, over 14,000 employees of tourism had to temporarily stop working, were shifted to part-time work or even laid off in 2021-22 in the central province of Quang Nam, the province’s tourism department reported at a seminar on COVID-19 response and recovery held by UNESCO and Quang Nam Tourism Association on Saturday.

Lifestyle

— Famous Singaporean designer Frederick Lee has introduced his latest collection titled ‘Take Me Back To Lost Memories And Untold Tale’ at the Vietnam International Fashion Week from November 24 to 27 in Hanoi.

— Two heritage pieces of Vietnam on Friday were recognized as part of documentary heritage in Asia and the Pacific at the 9th general meeting of the Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific in South Korea, the Vietnamese Agency reported on the same day.

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14 children hospitalized after drinking milk at school in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta

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Some 14 elementary students in My Tho City of Tien Giang Province, Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, were hospitalized for food poisoning treatment after drinking a milk product at their school on Friday.

They were admitted to Tien Giang General Hospital, which confirmed the admission on the night of the same day.

The children suffered from nausea and stomachache.

Their health basically resumed stable condition after treatment and all were released at 7:00 pm on Friday.

They are students of Nguyen Trai Elementary School in My Tho, the capital city of Tien Giang.

Phan Minh Tan, principal of the school, said the children drank a milk product provided by a company in Ho Chi Minh City at around 2:00 pm on Friday and 14 of them started feeling sick shortly after.

Health authorities in Tien Giang have tested the samples of the dairy product to investigate the cause of the case.

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Ho Chi Minh City woman sentenced to death for murder, abuse of fiancé’s daughter

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The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court on Friday sentenced a woman to death for beating her fiancé’s eight-year-old daughter to death last year.

The death penalty was handed down to Nguyen Vo Quynh Trang, 27, for ‘murder,’ along with a three-year imprisonment for ‘torturing others.’

The judge panel also gave Nguyen Kim Trung Thai, the murdered child’s 37-year-old father, three years in prison for ‘torturing others’ and an additional five years for ‘concealing crimes.’

The criminal behavior of the defendants is particularly dangerous for society as they committed crimes against a child, according to the city People’s Procuracy.

It is thus necessary to remove them from social life permanently.

Trang and Thai had lived together for over a year, from the time Thai divorced his ex-wife and was given custody of the daughter in 2020. 

Trang had frequently beaten the eight-year-old girl and forced her to do chores, investigation found

When rods broke due to repeated beatings, she switched to wooden implements.

On December 22 last year, Trang beat the girl so badly that she fainted. 

The girl was taken to hospital, but was declared dead on arrival. 

Her wounds and bruises prompted doctors to contact police.

Thai then deleted all the camera data of his apartment to conceal the crime.

The case triggered indignation among people nationwide.

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