Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | stewing (221)

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

“Cách nào mà tôi có thể làm mới lại, bắt đầu lại từ đầu khi tất cả hôm qua vẫn còn trong tôi?”
“How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?”
Leonard Cohen
Here I am stuck
I can not move forward
the words jumbled
like fried rice
hot on the pan
the summer heat
in a stew.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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