Danish Minister of Cultural Affairs delivers award to Vietnamese translator

She has been praised for bringing Hans Christian Andersen to the children of Vietnam by extensive translations for the past 20 years.

Ms. Tran Thi Minh Tam on the far right about to receive her award. Photo: Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam

And on Tuesday the 4th of April, ms. Tran Thi Minh Tam finally received the recognition in form of the Hans Christian Andersen 2018 award, given to people who have made “outstanding achievements in working with Hans Christian Andersen and of contributions to promoting and spreading further knowledge of the Danish national poet in many parts of the world.”

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The award was handed to her by the Danish Minister of Cultural Affairs, Mette Boch.

And, as quoted in a previous article, the Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee was clearly very fond of ms. Tran Thi Minh Tam.

“Tam is awarded for her success in extending the reading of Hans Christian Andersen in Vietnam. In the native country of H.C. Andersen, people do not completely understand why his fairytales find so many readers in faraway countries like Vietnam. Recently they learned that millions of schoolchildren in Vietnam knows the Danish famous poet quite well with the reason being Ms. Tran Thi Minh Tam. Her work with H.C. Andersen has stretched over almost 20 years and has resulted in an impressive fairytale edition published in 2003 with 88 fairytales at first and later 100 fairytales. In different editions, these collections have since been published in 16 impressions and another impression is coming in 2018.”

The other receivers were the Swizz Dr. Phil. Klaus Müller-Wille for his studies on the material aesthetics of Hans Christian Andersen and Danish singer/songwriter Sebastian for interpreting the works of Hans Chrisian Andersen for the Danish music scene.

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