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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | F-4 Phantom II or MiG-21 (273)

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)

F-4 Phantom II of MiG-21

if
nguyễn văn thiện is the engine
lê vĩnh tài, the wings

then where from came the wind?
the fire power?

the dogfight?
the decimation?

and I’m the pilot.

heheh..

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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