My name is Thang Tran (in Vietnamese, Trần Thắng), from Hanoi, Vietnam.
I went to the College of Foreign Languages, Vietnam National University, with a B.A in the English Language and American studies.
Coming from a background with clashes of religious and ideological values, I grew up cherishing my inner world where books have been peace and solace. I dreamed to be a teacher and writer; and amazingly, books play a crucial role in nurturing it.
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 with my 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. My favorite TV show is the American sitcom, Friends.
I was born on July 20, 1992.