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How to keep a country alive: Nguyên Phan Quê ́ Mai

ByAnushree Nande
Mar 28, 2021 07:14 PM IST

The Vietnamese writer had a single aim when she released her first book in English: to bring into the spotlight a nation known only by war

“International readers often know about Việt Nam as a war […] I aim to present it as a country rich in culture and literary heritage.”

Nguyên Phan Quê ́ Mai says she wrote her book in English to reclaim the Vietnamese narrative and challenge stereotypes about its people and women
Nguyên Phan Quê ́ Mai says she wrote her book in English to reclaim the Vietnamese narrative and challenge stereotypes about its people and women
(Top and bottom right) Nguyên Phan Quê Mai with students in Brussels for whom she held creative writing workshops in 2016-17; (bottom left) The author with her mother in the garden of their home in Bac Liêu where she grew up
(Top and bottom right) Nguyên Phan Quê Mai with students in Brussels for whom she held creative writing workshops in 2016-17; (bottom left) The author with her mother in the garden of their home in Bac Liêu where she grew up
Quê ́ Mai says her experiences have opened my eyes, enabled me to look at the Vietnamese history with an open mind
Quê ́ Mai says her experiences have opened my eyes, enabled me to look at the Vietnamese history with an open mind
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