I’m currently reading Trinh T Minh-Ha for my doctorate. She writes lyrically about the tensions of being a woman writer of colour, and how one is read and burdened with guilt about the community one comes from. There is a burden of representation that is projected onto writers of colour which is something I wish to speak against, we are many voiced. I’m also inspired by the idea of a “minor literature” proposed by Kafka which is political writing in a dominant tongue- ie writing in English from a politicised position within the mainstream. Nowadays this is the position that I am writing from. Interrogating my own position as a Vietnamese-Australian university educated woman I find interesting. When I wrote “Vixen” I was naive about what would be projected onto me as a result. These literary thinkers liberate me from the representation trap, and politicise my public responses.
Peril Issue 7 is being launched by Annette Shun Wah at the Sydney Writers Festival on Saturday 23rd of May and at the Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne on Thursday 28th May.
I’m speaking with Chi Vu, Nathalie Nguyen and Khoa Do at Casula Powerhouse on Sunday 24th May.
My short play “I could be you” is part of the Melbournalia 2 season which is at 45downstairs from mid May to early June.