November 10, 2022

Luncheon talk with Ms. Le Ly Hayslip: What happens “When Heaven and Earth changed places”

November 10, 2022, 11:30 – 13:00, Classroom 1, Level 2, Fulbright University Vietnam, 105 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu, Distric 7, Hochiminh City

In the next episode of ‘Fulbright Speakers’ Series: The World Beyond a Book’, Fulbright University Vietnam cordially invites you to a luncheon talk with Ms. Le Ly Hayslip.

⏰Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM on Thursday, November 10, 2022 (Vietnam time, GMT +7)

📌Location: Classroom 1, Level 2

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🌟 Lunch will be provided at the venue.

In this talk Ms. Le Ly Hayslip will share her perspectives drawing on her own experiences, and on other Vietnamese women’s during the war. The emphasis will be very much on the qualities of Vietnamese women. In spite of challenges, limitations and cultural conflicts, Vietnamese women’s significant identity shines through over the years and at the same time, generates positive values ​​in harmony with the modern life.

One special thing about Le Ly is her unyielding love for the intangible cultural heritage ​​of Vietnam. After being away from homeland for more than half a century, she still knows by heart many songs, folk poetry, and folk songs. Those endearing verses have been so well carved in her heart and mind.

In addition, she will invite the youth to be critical about femininity and what are the Vietnamese women’s qualities that we need to sustain and promote in modern life.


Fulbright Speakers’ Series is a quest for knowledge and understanding with diverse incisive viewpoints of prominent authors, both in Vietnam and globally, venturing into a myriad of topics ranging from development history and current Vietnam in the context of globalization, to the importance of mental health in being a compassionate community member.

About the speaker:

Le Ly is an internationally known Vietnamese-American author, philanthropist, peace activist, and speaker. She grew up in Ky La (now Xa Hoa Quy, Danang), Vietnam during the American-Vietnam War. She wrote two best-selling memoirs—When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace, based on her painful and ultimately triumphant journey from a traumatizing childhood in war-ravaged Vietnam to her new life in America.

She received raving reviews for both books, including from The New York Times and The Washington Post. When Heaven and Earth Changed Places was included in the 1990 edition of Reader’s Digest: Today’s Best Nonfiction. Her memoirs, having been published in 17 different languages throughout the world, are now used in several universities as course material to study women in history, the American/Vietnam War, and other topics. In 1993, the books were adapted into the film “Heaven & Earth,” directed by the award-winning director Oliver Stone and starring Hiep Thi Le and Tommy Lee Jones.

Le Ly’s life as a humanitarian began after she arrived in the US in 1970 and became a US citizen, but returned to her native Vietnam in 1986. Her shock from the devastation, poverty, and illness left by the war became the impetus for her two philanthropic organizations, East Meets West Foundation and Global Village Foundation. Both organizations dedicate their efforts to humanitarian relief, education, and development to help rebuild Vietnam through providing basic needs (shelter, clean water, medical facilities, education), establishing revolving loan programs, and finding homes for several hundreds of orphaned children.

After 30 years of hard work and succeed her own life story and phillandtropic mission, Hayslip now focuses on helping the next generation with her worldly experiences.