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Choé | Nghề Cười – The Business of Laughter (1)

Choé, Nguyen Hai Chi, born November 11th, 1943, in An Giang, Vietnam, the political cartoonist became famous for his ugly depictions of American and South Vietnamese political leaders, and scathing commentary on the savagery of war. His cartoons were featured in Newsweek and the New York Times. Choé passed away on March 12th, 2003, in Virginia, U.S.A.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, activist, poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

by Choé, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Being of a merry temperament

In facing heartache

Dare I cry at all 

With tears

October 2017

Trót làm người vui tính

Khi gặp chuyện đau lòng

Ta không dám khóc

Bằng nước mắt

Source: CHOÉ, Nghề Cười

Choé, Nguyen Hai Chi, born November 11th, 1943, in An Giang, Vietnam, the political cartoonist became famous for his ugly depictions of American and South Vietnamese political leaders, and scathing commentary on the savagery of war. His cartoons were featured in Newsweek and the New York Times. Choé passed away on March 12th, 2003, in Virginia, U.S.A.

Source: annexgalleries.com

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

4 replies on “Choé | Nghề Cười – The Business of Laughter (1)”

It’s ironic.

I just noticed looking at the cover of the book in the picture that the poet even looks quite a lot like Burl Ives.

Burl Ives was also an actor as well as a singer.

He played the character of Big Daddy in the movie adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof that starred Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor.

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