July 19, 2024

Lullabies of Vietnam

Journey to Independence, Freedom and Happiness

Con đường đến Độc lập, Tự do, Hạnh phúc

Introduced by Dai Trang Nguyen
Publication date: May 2020
Toronto, Canada
ISBN: 978-0-9866079-8-1 (print)
ISBN: 978-0-9866079-7-4 (e-book)

Book Description: This Vietnamese-English bilingual book is a collection of 25 songs/poems among many that have sustained the spirits of the Vietnamese people throughout a journey of thousands of years with long and difficult struggles to end Chinese domination, French colonial rule, and American military intervention, and to develop the country today.

Table of Contents
1. Vietnamese culture
2. Resistance to Chinese domination
3. Resistance to French colonialism and Japanese fascism (1862 – 1945)
4. Resistance to French recolonization (1946-1954)
5. Anti-war sentiment in the South
6. National resistance to American intervention (1955 – 1975)
7. Liberation of the South (1975)
8. National reunification and rebuilding (1976 – present)

Selected Songs

The people of Vietnam rebuilt the country with their hard work after Vietnam was reunified. The Song of Building (Bài Ca Xây Dựng) written by Hoàng Vân in 1973 describes the spirit of so many Vietnamese people who were filled with the hope of a peaceful and prosperous future.
Vietnam, My Homeland (Việt Nam quê hương tôi) was written by Đỗ Nhuận in 1968, describes the beautiful scenery of the country and the love of life of the Vietnamese people.
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