Phuoc Thi Minh Tran
Author – Storyteller – Librarian
As a young lady growing up in Vietnam, Trần Thị Minh Phước had the dream of getting a good education and working in a job where she could help others. Unfortunately her dreams seemed unattainable when the government closed the law school in Saigon she was attending on April 30, 1975, which was also the Fall of Saigon. However, with her optimistic persistence, she overcame this obstacle. In search for freedom and pursuing her goals, she decided to leave Việt Nam in the early eighties in a small crowded boat along with strangers. All relatives and friends were left behind or arrested. The risky sea voyage was full of dangers, but she was able to suppress her fears by focusing on her goals.
At very young age, she loved to wander in the garden plucking wild flowers and talking to birds and lady bugs. In her teenage years, she loved spending countless hours on the beach, letting her dreams go wild.
She spent 10 months in a refugee camp in Malaysia before coming to America. In 1984, after a 50-hour Greyhound trip from California, she came to a land called Minnesota, where she believed that she could find the precious treasures in life-education and a safe environment
As the first Vietnamese librarian, a published author, and a respected storyteller in Minnesota, Phuoc Thi Minh Tran has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese culture at various events, storytelling programs, libraries, and schools throughout the state. In addition, she had dedicated her time to helping new immigrants transition into life in America. Within the Asian community, she is involved in various organizations.
Phuoc Thi Minh Tran has been recognized for her work bridging cultures and introducing the culture of Vietnam to the mainstream community. She is very proud to have her first book “Vietnamese Children’s Favorite Folktales” published in 2015 by Tuttle Publishing.