Thuong Vuong-Riddick was born in Hanoï, Vietnam. She obtained a B.A. in Saïgon prior to emigrating to Paris in 1962. In France, she obtained a second B.A., an M.A. and a doctorate. In 1969 she emigrated to to Canada where she taught literature at the University of Montreal and at McGill University. Vuong-Riddick moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1981 where she taught at the University of Victoria until 1989. She now resides in Delta, B.C.
Two Shores: Poems = Deux Rives: Poèmes
Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 1995.
PS8593 .U56 T86 1995
Dual language edition. Poems written in English and then recreated by the author in French.
In Two Shores, …, Vuong-Riddick describes life in Vietnam under the Japanese, the Chinese, the Vietminh, the French and the Americans. She also tells of her struggle to create a new reality for herself in the West.
The Evergreen Country: A Memoir of Vietnam
Regina: Hagios Press, 2007.
DS556.93 .V865 A3 2007
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
The Evergreen Country: A Memoir of Vietnam is a startling and beautiful memoir by Vancouver’s Thuong Vuong-Riddick. We learn of how her Chinese family must struggle to overcome difficulties during the rise of the Viet Cong in Northern Vietnam and their eventual journey to Southern Vietnam where war would soon follow them. This memoir tells the little known story of how Chinese born families struggled to maintain their dignity and their lives while being persecuted by rapidly changing political forces.
Selected Criticism and Interpretation
Truong, Mireille Mai. “Lieu humain / Lieu personne chez deux écrivaines Canado-vietnamiennes, Thuong Vuong-Riddick et Kim Thúy.” In Cultural Mapping and the Digital Sphere: Place and Space, edited by Ruth Panofsky and Kathleen Kellett. Edomonton: University of Alberta Press, 2015, 249-261.
AZ105 .C85 2015
Publisher Hagios Press
Publisher Ronsdale Press
Interview with Cathi Atmadjaja of the Vancouver Observer 27 April 2010