Confidently Conveying Vietnamese Culture


2019 / January

Chen Chun-fang /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Phil Newell

Tran Ngoc Thuy came from Vietnam to study in Taiwan, where she realized her dream of learning Chinese and also met her Prince Charming, as Taiwan transformed from a foreign land into her homeland. In order to increase mutual understanding between Taiwanese and Vietnamese, Ngoc Thuy has worked as an interpreter and teacher, hosted a radio show, and run a restaurant. Amidst this very busy life she has still found time to compile a Vietnamese glossary of Taiwanese legal terms, to help immigrant sisters from Vietnam to understand their rights. The best single term to summarize her many diverse roles would be “cultural emissary.”


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