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(NYT71) HANOI, Vietnam -- June 14, 2006 -- VIETNAM-LANGUAGE -- On Sunday, June 11, 2006, a street vendor walks by a gate in Hanoi, Vietnam carved with an example of the classical Nom script that was once used by poets and philosophers. But these days very few Vietnamese can decipher Nom, which was banned in 1920 by the French colonial government and officially replaced by script based on the Roman alphabet that Alexander de Rhodes, a French missionary, devised in the 17th century. In a curious quirk, an American poet, John Balaban, who first came to Vietnam as a conscientious objector during the war and who has nurtured a love affair with the country ever since, is leading a drive to revive the script, which he says will unlock a trove of hidden Vietnamese culture. (Doan Bao Chau/The New York Times)

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