Reading History is a way to teach yourself on who you truly are.
While reviewing my knowledge on my own culture, I realized how little I know about the history of my country, as my first half of my existence has been spent trying to learn from other cultures.
Rereading some history books from different angles by renowned authors such as Nguyen Khac Vien, Truong Buu Lam, Vy Thanh, Nguyen Tien Hung, Stanley Karnow, John Prados, etc. has helped me to see the Vietnam history under different perspectives.
But the real learning must also start with classical authors such as Tran Trong Kim, Duong Quang Ham, Ngo si Lien, Le Thanh Khoi, Nguyen The Anh, Nguyen Hien Le, whose pedagogical perspectives are really useful for understanding history as a subject matter.
In my first attempt to re-visit the past, it’s a good base to start with.
But learning history is just a start: literature, folklore, han-viet classic studies, anthropology and ethnology, sociology and contemporary literature of both diaspora and domestic authors are necessary for my knowledge as well.