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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | LIFE IMITATING ART (214)

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

 

“LIFE IMITATING ART”

Too manic
Too romantic
Too dark
Too much spark
Too light
Too bright
Too pretty
Too ditzy
Too ethnic
Too pathetic
Too long
Two pronged (tongue)
Too short
They snorted
Too tall
They have the balls!

Hmmmmmmm
Too full of shit!
(Fuck it)

 

November 2019

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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