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Title: In life's long scramble, people still proceed people (Trinh Cong Son's song)
Date: 2007
Medium: Chinese ink on Xuan paper
Dimensions: 55 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (140 x 35 cm)
Credit Line: Acquired through the George and Mary Rockwell Fund
Object Number: 2009.047.001
Label Text: “Một đời với những bon chen lâu dài, người người còn tiếp nối người”

This is a line from the song “Một Lần Thoáng Có” (“Once in a Flash”) written by the celebrated Vietnamese singer-songwriter Trịnh Công Sơn (1939–2001), sometimes referred to as the Bob Dylan of Vietnam. For many he represents a genre of music colloquially referred to as nhạc vàng (“yellow music”), characterized by romantic and melancholy themes, as well as criticism of the war. Popular in the south prior to the Communist takeover in 1975, this style of music holds strong appeal in the Vietnamese diaspora, and despite the fact that many nhạc vàng songs were banned after 1975, Trịnh Công Sơn continues to be one of the country’s most beloved musicians today.

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