Chinese literary heritage has not only evolved and passed on from generation to generation domestically, but it also spread far outside the country. Many Chinese immigrants inherit and carry forward the Chinese culture while they acculturate the indigent cultures and customs where they live and turn it into a sort of "alternative Chinese culture " whereas elegant literature flowers blossomed. During the years of 1960-1975, the revolution of modern poetry in Taiwan began to transit from the early experimental stage to the beginning of booming stage; various new skills and techniques of poetry writing were fully developed. Among the oversea Chinese poets, the Vietnamese Chinese poets kept up even more quickly every step of the rapid evolution of modern poetry in Taiwan with outstanding creativity.
The Chinese Vietnamese poets who wrote Chinese poetry beautifully lived and learned Chinese in Vietnam, despite their highest level of education then was merely high school graduated (since there was no Chinese university allowed in South Vietnam,) even during each of their school day, Chinese learning was limited to no more than four hours (as subject to local government discriminative statutes), being caught in such predicament circumstance, yet, the Chinese Vietnamese poets were able to write, amazingly and comparably, at the same level of the Taiwan leading poets. Owing to this point, the Chinese Vietnamese poets shall deserve a position in the history of Chinese poetry.
This essay is divided into five chapters as in the following:
Chapter I: The origin purpose of this essay and illustration of major causes of the seeding of modern poetry in Chinese Vietnamese literary.
Chapter II: Composition of Chinese Vietnamese literary, introduction and analysis on writing styles and biography of Chinese Vietnamese poets.
Chapter III: Taiwan modern poetry movement, impact of interaction of Taiwan leading poets and Chinese Vietnamese poets, published works of Chinese Vietnamese poets and their correspondence with Taiwan poets. (As referred in the Appendix.)
Chapter IV: Description on life of prominent Chinese Vietnamese poets, discussion on their poetry works, themes and nostalgia as impacts of the Vietnam war (including nostalgia of family, love, friendship…) nihilism vs. existence, “ survival dilemma" and issue of death shadowed by the war and the transformation of poetic language.
Chapter V: War poetry in varied styles and analysis of the mind and situation of Chinese Vietnamese poets.