Note on the translator
Nguyen Ngoc Bich studied at Columbia, Kyoto, and Georgetown
after graduating from Princeton in 1958.† He settled in the
United States after 1975, and made his career first in high
school and adult education, then teaching at Trinity College,
Georgetown and George Mason University.† He joined Radio Free
Asia as director of the Vietnamese News Service in 1997.
Nguyen Ngoc Bich has been translating Nguyen Chi Thienís poems
since 1982.† He is as well the translator and author of nearly
a dozen books and anthologies on Vietnamese society and literature.