Twice a year, Mänoa's editors gather new writing from throughout Asia, Oceania, and the Americas. Each volume highlights authors of a particular country or region, placing them alongside other international writers of distinction. Two Rivers, guest-edited by Kevin Bowen and Nguyen Ba Chung, features works by contemporary Vietnamese and Vietnamese American writers. Historically, Viet Nam has been a country of confluences--not only because of its two great waterways, the Red River in the north and the Mekong River in the south, but also because of the coming together of important cultures, religions, and ideas. Sometimes the confluences have been peaceful and at other times traumatic. The country has a lengthy history of being invaded and colonized, as well as being divided by political and military rivalries. Therefore, many streams and rivers crisscross and create change in this place where the words for nation and water are homonyms. In spite of differences in ideals and ideologies, the people of Viet Nam have maintained a sense of nationhood that has long withstood the powerful forces that would divide them. Viet Nam's foundation myths bring together the concepts of unity and division. The narrative of the fifteenth-century collection Linh-nam trich quai
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Apr 1, 2002
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