More than fifty guests gathered at Sunwah Hall, on the campus of Vietnam National University Monday evening, October 21, 2019 to celebrate the launch of Diana’s book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: A Memoir of Vietnam, Cancer and Meaningful Work.
After a social hour of light appetizers, fruit juices and wine, a small program–hosted by Ms. Nguyễn Thị Lan Hường of the University of Languages and International Studies/VNU–started with a talk show about the book. Diana, her husband Jerry and her translator Mr. Lê Thanh Dũng discussed aspects of the story. A highlight was when Mr. Dũng described the meaning of the title and its relationship to the story.
Guests included Dr. Phạm Quang Vinh, former ambassador to the US and Dr. Trần Văn Nhung, former vice minister of education, who both wrote forwards to the book. Dr. Đỗ Tuấn Minh and Dr. Nguyễn Hoà, president and former president of ULIS/VNU respectively, Dr. Nguyen Mai Huu, Director of Vietnam’s National Foreign Language Project, and Dr. Phan Van Que, Diana’s former colleague at the NFL Project also attended, along with longtime friends, former students and colleagues from Hanoi University, ULIS/VNU, and the Ministry of Education and Training.