By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm Newly weds tried to sell their wedding bands for funds to buy petrol and water to help the exodus of people trying to get home outside of Saigon in lockdown. An exodus of the labour force makes their way home, more than a thousand kilometers outside of the city centre. […]
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.