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Xuan Quynh first Vietnamese woman on Google Doodle

Xuan Quynh, Vietnam's most famous modern female poet, has been honored on her birth anniversary by Google Doodle Sunday. Nguyen Thi Xuan Quynh, as she is known officially, is the first Vietnamese woman to be featured on Google home page that commemorates holidays, events, achievements and people.

The painting on the doodle, which recreates a portrait photograph of Xuan Quynh in an ao dai, was illustrated by two Saigon-based artists Phung Nguyen Quang and Huynh Kim Lien, who work together under the pen name KAA.

Xuan Quynh, first Vietnamese woman, Google Doodle, famous modern female poet, Google home page

A painting of Vietnamese poet Xuan Quynh appears on Google Doodle on October 6, 2019.

Quynh was born October 6, 1942 in a village now in Hanoi’s Ha Dong District. She was raised by her grandmother and had a talent for dancing. Recruited by the Central Art Troupe in her early teens, she was trained as a dancer and performed in many countries.

In the 1960s, she began pursuing her talent for writing, taking training courses at the Vietnam Writers' Association.

Some of her works have been set to music, and her 1967 poem "Song" became so influential that it was taught in Vietnamese high schools.

Xuan Quynh, first Vietnamese woman, Google Doodle, famous modern female poet, Google home page

After going through one divorce, she married distinguished poet and playwright Luu Quang Vu. Tragically, the couple was killed along with their 13-year-old son in a car crash in 1988.

In 2017 the Vietnamese government posthumously awarded Quynh the Ho Chi Minh Prize, the country’s highest artistic honor, for her contributions to 20th-century culture and arts.

Speaking about their painting, artists KAA told Google that "Quynh is one of the most beloved modern poets of Vietnam and every Vietnamese student knows her poems by heart.

This is the third time Google has featured a Vietnamese person on its doodle.

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Source: VnExpress

Xuan Quynh, first Vietnamese woman, Google Doodle, famous modern female poet, Google home page
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