Nguyen Chi Thien - age: 73

Nguyen Chi Thien

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Vietnamese poet and political activist who is most remembered for his twenty-seven years spent in prison. For his literary work, he received the 1985 Rotterdam International Poetry Prize.He was the 1989 recipient of the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith Freedom to Write Award.He and astronaut Pham Tuan are two of Vietnam's most famous personalities.

BEFORE FAME

He taught high school history and spent two years in prison for telling his students that the United States had defeated Japan in World War II (his country's official view on the matter was that the Soviet Union had defeated Japan).

PERSONAL LIFE

He was born in Ha Noi, Vietnam and later immigrated to the United States.

FUN FACTS

Poet Nguyen Chi Thien were born on Monday, birthstone is Amethyst, the seaon was Winter in the Chinese year of Rabbite, it is 53 days until Nguyen Chi Thien next birthday.

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