The Preservation of Vietnam's Nom Script,
The Dàn Tranh,
The Poetry of Ho Xuan Huong
Dr. Ngô Thanh Nhàn
On February 18, 2005, linguist and mathematician Dr. Ngô Thanh Nhàn of New York University gave a presentation on Vietnam's ancient "Nom" script and performed folk poetry, including the work of Ho Xuan Huong, the "Queen of Nom Poetry," who lived from circa 1775 to circa 1820. Dr. Ngô accompanied himself on the dàn tranh, a traditional 16-string zither tuned to a pentatonic scale. For a digest of Dr. Ngô's talk, please click here.
Here are some pictures of Dr. Ngô Thanh Nhàn playing the dàn tranh.