literature, modeled after the Chinese, was one of two styles used in pre-French
colonial rule, with the other being a local one that centered around local
genres and themes. With the French colonial influence, literature changed
dramatically in Vietnam. Namely, literature was written in quoc ngu
and modeled after Western styles, particularly drama, poetry and novels.
Even with the division of Vietnam, this tendency continued in the South with the
North creating a form of "socialism realism."
modern Vietnamese writers are staying away from "socialism realism"
and are writing more about the realities of the Vietnam War legacy and societal