Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | If you are always right (202)

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


I often ask myself:

If you are always right, how will you know when you’re wrong?

Tôi thường tự hỏi mình:

Nếu bạn luôn luôn đúng, làm sao bạn biết được mình đã sai?


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

13 replies on “Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | If you are always right (202)”

I find your backstory absolutely fascinating! Best of luck as you continue to translate literature from your homeland. This is such a meaningful way to keep your mind and heart connected to your heritage. I also think you are providing a rare and valuable glimpse into a literature tradition that few native English speakers have ever been exposed to. 🙂

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