Monthly Archives: September, 2020
Thử tưởng tượng một thời gian sau khi Miền Nam thất thủ vào ngày 30 tháng 4, 1975, các tượng đài của các tướng sĩ của phe thua cuộc Việt Nam Cộng Hòa bỗng được dựng lên nhan nhản tại các tỉnh thành hay những địa danh ghi dấu các trận đánh lịch sử? Và thử tưởng tượng lá cờ vàng ba gạch đỏ vẫn tung bay đâu đó tại một vài nơi ở Việt Nam?
"Given the current debates about representation in literature, I find myself reflecting on how I have always preferred books to be windows rather than mirrors. I was a voracious reader from a young age but growing up I didn’t particularly yearn for stories about what it meant to be Vietnamese – especially in Australia – because I was already drowning in the experience of it."
"A cartoonist has gotta cartoon, though, so I redirected my energy into these spontaneous diary comics to document and process this next normal. Five months later, they've become essential in maintaining my sanity during these continued insane times."
"Coconut Children" is a coming-of-age story about a cohort forever uneasy with itself and others. A generation that was taken from Vietnam before it could lay roots, and then transplanted to a land where the soil was rich but alien, never quite nourishing.
As a settler, and someone whose familial and ancestral history is also tied to histories of displacement, understanding and living on Indigenous land is a political commitment that is just as important as understanding my fractured relationship to my family’s homeland of Vietnam.
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