Our Founder

OUR FOUNDER

Ms. Le Ly Hayslip
Author of:
When Heaven and Earth Changed Places
Child of War, Woman of Peace

Film:
Heaven & Earth

Founder of the East Meets West Foundation

Le Ly Hayslip has proven herself to be a woman of many interests and has multiple talents as a humanitarian, philanthropist and peacemaker. She has devoted herself to the children of Asia while building a bridge of peace between the United States and Vietnam over the last 20 years. Le Ly Hayslip is a Vietnamese-American who grew up in a poor village near Da Nang, Vietnam during the war. She is the author of two autobiographical bestsellers — When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace, which were adapted for the film Heaven and Earth by Academy Award-winning director, Oliver Stone.

Le Ly survived the horrors and hardship of war in Vietnam, overcoming all odds and moving to the US in 1970. In 1986, Le Ly returned to Vietnam and was stunned by the devastation, poverty and diseases left by the US / Vietnam War. Seeing an opportunity to make a difference, she founded East Meets West Foundation and became a bridge builder by bringing American groups back to Vietnam to help restore her motherland and open the dialogue between the two nations.


  • When Heaven and
    Earth Changed Places

  • Child of War,
    Woman of Peace

  • DVD of
    Heaven and Earth

Le Ly Hayslip’s best-selling books When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace, are currently in use as curriculum at numerous Universities across the country for Asian studies, literature, Woman’s studies, and Vietnam conflict courses. It has been published in 17 different languages throughout the world.

In 1994, Le Ly’s books about her life growing up in war torn Vietnam, were adapted for the silver screen by Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone. The film titled, Heaven and Earth, as well as her books are among the few published sources describing life during the war from the Vietnamese perspective.