Two Shores / Deux rives

Two Shores / Deux rives, by Thuong Vuong-Riddick

Two Shores / Deux rives

by Thuong Vuong-Riddick


  • Autumn 1995
  • ISBN 978-0-921870-35-7
  • ebook ISBN 978-1-55380-384-3
  • PDF ISBN 978-1-55380-385-0
  • 6″ x 9″ Trade Paperback, 170 pages
  • Poetry, Dual-language (English & French)

Two Shores is the first collection of poetry in English by a Vietnamese immigrant to the West. Born in Hanoi in 1940 and then moving to Saigon in 1954, Thuong Vuong-Riddick first describes life in Vietnam under the influence of the Japanese, the Chinese, the Vietminh, the French, and the Americans, as well as the difficulties of living through “the big Hunger.”

In the second part of the book, she deals with her second shore, her life as an immigrant: first in Paris where she experienced the student revolution of May 1968; then in Montreal where she taught at the Universities of Montreal and McGill. Married now to a Canadian, she is making a new life for herself in Vancouver.

Two Shores is a dual language edition: Vuong-Riddick wrote the poems first in English and then recreated them in French.