Hand-written letter exhibition awakes reminicenses

“In addition to sharing information, letter writing can be useful in minimizing personal conflicts. When you put something down on paper, the world seems to slow down, and any anger you feel will begin to fade”, said Nguyen Thi Da Thuong, who organized the exhibition. An old book collector and reporter, Thuong has met many intellectuals, book collectors, and families that possess huge book collections. They often possess letters they have preserved through generations. Some still write letters as a habit. Thuong finds such a natural, quiet, and beautiful habit very moving. “During the collecting process, I’ve found some valuable hand-written letters. Some families I know have been communicating by letter for generations. After years of collecting letters, I wanted to share this beauty with other people in Hanoi.”, said Thuong. Unlike art exhibitions, “A Letter Home” offers visitors the chance to spend an entire day reading a hundred letters in Vietnamese, English and French, sent by intellectuals, artists, writers, and ordinary families. Some of them are love letters and some are official documents. There are letters by poet Mong Tuyet (1914-2007), the first female poet to publish poems in the Vietnamese language, to her friends; letters between scholar Vuong Hong Sen (1902-1996) and Vietnamese and French intellectuals of his generation; as well as letters between writer Tran Dan and poet Duong Tuong. “The exhibition displays 100 letters written during the past century. The oldest letters date back to 1905, and the latest was written in 2015. These letters cover… [Read full story]

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