Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Ngộ ơi (203)

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


Ngộ ơi, 

đời ta đã đạt được những gì vĩ đại chưa 

mà dám nhận tình yêu em


Những con đường mòn chân 

chưa có em


Cần nuối tiếc gì những làn sóng đen 

đã bạc từ bao giờ

(September 2021)

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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