Bùi Minh Quốc (b. October 3, 1940) is a Vietnamese poet, writer, and journalist. At the age of 18, he became famous in North Vietnam for his poem “Lên miền Tây” (“Up to the West”), which was incorporated into high school curricula and inspired generations of young Vietnamese to rebuild the war-ravaged northwestern highlands of Vietnam. He is also known for “Bài thơ về hạnh phúc” (“A Poem on Happiness”), written about his first wife, the writer and journalist Dương Thị Xuân Quý, who was killed in action in 1969. His love poem to her, “Có khi nào” (“Has It Ever”), was voted one of the 100 best Vietnamese poems of the 20th century. After reunification in 1975, Bùi served as Vice Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Quảng Homeland in Đà Nẵng, Quảng Nam until 1985 when he founded the newspaper Lang Biang in Đà Lạt, Lâm Đồng. As a renowned critic and dissident of the Communist Party, he was removed from his positions and expelled in 1989 for mobilizing writers and artists to demand freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of publishing. For his continued activities, he was placed under house arrest twice from 1997 – 1999 and from 2002 – 2004.