My name is Thang Tran (in Vietnamese, Trần Thắng), from Hanoi, Vietnam.
I’m a graduate of the University of Languages and International Studies, Hanoi, specialized in English Language and American studies.
Coming from a background with clashes of religious and ideological values, I cherish an inner world where books have been peace and solace. As a teacher of English and aspiring writer, I find that books play a crucial role in nurturing passion and bringing me amazing friendships.
Like Mark Twain said, we should never let our schooling interfere with our education. To me, that life-long education starts with reading. This blog is written primarily as a book journal, a place to reflect on the literary world, to spur ideas for meaningful conversations, and hopefully inspire you to read. I write to tell you the contemporary Vietnamese life in the eye of a young Vietnamese male.
Besides books, I spend many hours on drawing & painting. Currently I am working on a series of paintings (spiritual and partly autobiographical), fusing colors and poetry.
I love watching documentary films (PBS series and UC Berkeley Conversations with History are two amazing sources!). Whenever having free time, I bike and run at West Lake and Botanical Garden in Hanoi, or watch sitcoms, or wander the downtown streets by myself. Life has endless to teach me.
Favorite authors: James Baldwin, John Steinbeck, D.H. Lawrence, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill. And so many more.
I was born on July 20, 1992. INTJ.