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Bookclub for June – “I’m a Woman” by Y Ban, and “Viet Nam Tradition + Change” by Hữu Ngọc
June 1, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
“Y Ban’s I am a woman, the title story of her collection, describes a Vietnamese woman hired to nurse a rich man in Taiwan. When the young woman unwittingly arouses her lethargic master’s libido, she is accused of sexual harassment, punished and fired.” From Huu Ngoc, Viet Nam, tradition and change.
Phạm Thị Xuân Ban (aka Y Ban, born in 1961) is a Vietnamese writer of short stories, poet and journalist. She published her poetry on her Facebook timeline. Her books I am Woman, 2006 (I am Đàn bà), Hey, have you really seen anything?, 2011 (Này hỏi thật đã thấy gì chưa đấy?) were put on censorship ban in Vietnam.
After winning International Poetry slam reading in Hanoi, that was organized by French Embassy, she traveled to France in May 2017 and voiced her woman’s say, that sometimes restricted in Vietnam by a taboo.
Viet Nam: Tradition and Change “During his 20-year tenure as a columnist for Việt Nam News, Hữu Ngọc charmed and invigorated an international readership hungry for straightforward but elegant entrees into understanding Vietnamese culture.
Viet Nam: Tradition and Change is a selection of his many treasures, perfectly suited to students of Vietnamese culture and travelers seeking an introduction to the country’s rich history, culture, and daily life.” From Amazon.com
1 June @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Meeting venue: AHA COFFEE 19 Tháng 12, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm,
For more info on our bookclub and/or to RSVP please contact–Maria