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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | you are the smile (213)

I was born 1971, Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. My family and I were a part of the first exodus of boat people after the Vietnam war. In March 1981, we settled in Sydney, Australia. I graduated with a bachelor of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney. I have been translating Vietnamese literature for the past five years in my search to better understand my mother’s language and culture. My translations have been shared through blogging over the past year. I am still a registered pharmacist practicing in Western Sydney. I hope to continue translating, and continue to share Vietnamese art and literature, beyond borders on SONGNGUTAITRAM.
(July 2021)

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

yes you

the rising sun the sunset

you are bound only by man’s barbwire

walls, gateway

 

yes you

the making of my soul

the making of your mother

the source of my strength

 

you are the smile

the scented roses

the air free

 

yes 

you

you are who

I see

 

(October 2021)

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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