Duong Nhu Nguyen


DUONG NHU NGUYEN or Uyen Nicole Duong, was born in Hoi An Quang Nam, brought up in Hue and Saigon  (former capital of South Vietnam). Duong Nhu Nguyen received her B.S. in Journalism/ Communication from Southern Illinois University, J.D. from University of Houston (Texas), and LLM from Harvard Law School (Cambridge MA).  She is believed to be the first Vietnamese Municipal Judge in the United States (Serving in Texas: Associate Municipal Judge, City of Houston, and Magistrate for State of Texas; honoured by the American Bar Association at "Minority Women in the Judiciary" conference -- NYC, 1992). Practicing law but she sees herself primarily as a writer, and writes in two languages: Vietnamese and English. Her pieces in Vietnamese appeared in numerous literary magazines, her English's in SongVan Magazine, and Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal.  Duong Nhu Nguyen's first book, 'Mui huong que' - a collection of short stories, was published by Van Nghe Publisher in 1999. Her short story "The young woman who practiced singing" won two awards, one of which was the Stuart Miller Writing Award organised by District of Columbia Bar Association (1998). The short story "The Ghost of Ha Tay" was a finalist selection for the Columbine Award of the Moondance Film Festival 2001. Duong Nhu Nguyen also wrote articles, critiques. Her article " Gender Equality and Women’s Issues in Vietnam:  The Vietnamese Woman -- Warrior and Poet" appeared in the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington, College of Law, March 2001.


· Novel–Fiction: MUI HUONG QUE (a collection of short stories. CA: VAN NGHE Publisher, 1999); DAUGHTERS OF THE RIVER HUONG (novel. Fairfax, VA: Ravens Yard Publishing, Ltd., 2004).

· EssaysLaw Reviews: Gender Equality and Women’s Issues in Vietnam: The Vietnamese Woman--Warrior and Poet, 10 PAC. RIM L. & POLY J. 191 (2001); Partnerships with Monarchs in the Search for Oil: Unveiling and Re-examining the Patterns of “Third World” Economic Development in the Petroleum Sector, 25 U. PA. J. INT’L ECON. L. (Winter 2004); Partnerships with Monarchs in the Development of Energy Resources: Dissecting an Independent Power Project and Re-evaluating the Role of Multilateral and Project Financing in the International Energy Sector, 26 U. PA. J. INT’L ECON. L. XXX (Spring 2005).

· Work in progress: Human Rights, Women’s Rights and the Socialist State: A Case Study; After the U.N. Bejing Conference of 1995, What is Next? ; Law is Law and Art is Art and Shall the Two Ever Meet? Law and Literature: The Comparative Creative Processes; The Forgotten Prisoners of Conscience:  The Women and Children of the Developing Economies Sold into Sexual Servitude:  A Cry from Hell; The Forgotten Indigenous People:  the Montagnards of Southeast Asia.

· Practice articles: The Magic of Digital Signatures in the New Age of Global E-Commerce (TEX. TRANSNAT’L L.Q., April 2001); The Long Saga of the Spratlys Island (Dao Hoang Sa): An Overview of the Territorial Disputes in the South China Sea Among Vietnam, China, and other ASEAN Nations (TEX. TRANSNAT’L L.Q., November 1997, and CURRENTS: INTERNAT’L TRADE L.J., Summer 1997); Vietnam’s Move to the Market--New Business Bankruptcy Law (E. ASIAN EXEC. REP., April 15, 1994); Bankruptcy Law Comes into Force in Vietnam (INT’L FIN. L.R., April 1994).

· Short stories and poems have appeared in periodicals and literary magazines, including Song Van (1998), Van, Van hoc, Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal (University of Washington, College of Law, March 2001), The Writers Post, and Wordbridge (2002, 2003,2004).

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