The concept of the ‘Three Short Tales’ about modern day Vietnam came to me from my memories of Aesop’s Fables from my childhood in which the characters are animals that are personified to appeal to children, convey important messages relevant to everyone in the world, yet my stories also capture
some aspects of Vietnamese culture in the choice of animals, the dialogue and ways of thinking unique
to Vietnamese culture.
My interest in approaching my good friend Billl Badger for the animation of this children's book project is because of his artistic background , plus deep insight and appreciation of Vietnamese culture that similar to me is a balance of foreigner outside perspective along with understanding of the nuances of Vietnamese culture, but most importantly the love of Vietnam that’s integral for creating this meaningful collaboration.
Saigon, November 2010