Ho Chi Minh admirers have another chance to learn about the great man’s personality and life thanks to a new book published by an overseas Vietnamese national in Ottawa city, Canada on May 28.

The 200-page book “Ho Chi Minh: Nhan van va phat trien” (Ho Chi Minh: Humanity and development), written by Dr Nguyen Dai Trang from Centennial College, is published in Vietnamese, English and French and spans seven chapters that display images and facts about the late President Ho Chi Minh’s life and career from the perspective of a patriot living abroad.

Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Canada To Anh Dung hailed the author for being the first OV to write and publish books about the late President.

He also introduced a coloured portrait of “Uncle Ho”, which was gifted by Canadian artist Jean-Mauriece Gelinas on the occasion of the 69th anniversary of Vietnam’s National Day (September 2).

Gelinas, who was also present at the event, said that when he found out about the friendship between Uncle Ho and Spanish cubist painter Pablo Picasso, he decided to draw a portrait of the late President, inspired by Picasso’s “Joie de Vivre” (The Joy of Life).

Dr Trang’s first book about the late Vietnamese leader “Ho Chi Minh – Tam va Tai cua mot nha yeu nuoc” (Ho Chi Minh: the heart and mind of a patriot) was released in May 2010.

The debut ceremony saw the participation of 50 guests, including former member of the House of Commons of Canada Bryon Wilfert and a number of Vietnamese and Canadians living in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.-VNA