Check out my translation from the Vietnamese of the first three chapters of Trang Ha’s non-fiction novel “Story Told under the Street Light” in Mekong Literary Review Issue 4, August 2016.
Chuyện Kể Dưới Ngọn Đèn Đường [Story Told under the Street Light] is Trang Ha’s debut novel. It was first published in 2010 in Vietnam with Nhà Xuất Bản Phụ Nữ (Women Publisher), and reprinted in December 2015 under a new title, Chồng Xứ Lạ [Foreign Husband]. This non-fiction novel tells the actual story of Vietnamese brides in Taiwan, whom the author met and worked with as a journalist and social activist from 2003 to 2008.
Trang Hạ is a writer, social activist, and communications consultant based in Hanoi. She has authored numerous best-selling novels and short story collections and has successfully translated many novels and stories from the Chinese. Her work revolves around the topics of the status of women in society, the LGBT community, family lives, and the pursuit of status and happiness of young Vietnamese. She obtained a Bachelors degree at the University of Foreign Languages in Hanoi and a Masters of Communications in Taiwan.
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