Sheila Ngoc Pham

Sheila Ngoc Pham
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Sheila Ngoc Pham is a writer, producer and broadcaster based in Sydney, Australia. She’s produced radio documentaries and programs for ABC Radio National including The Lost Cinema of Tan Hiep and Saigon’s Wartime Beat, and her writing has appeared in a wide range of Australian and international publications including The New York Times, Roads and Kingdoms, Womankind and New Philosopher. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation and lectures in public health ethics at Macquarie University. Sheila Ngoc Pham is a contributing editor to diaCRITICS for stories of and from the Vietnamese Australian diaspora.

We are Vietnamese: A reflection on being Vietnamese Australian

We are Vietnamese. I did not feel at home in my own skin, a banana: yellow on the outside, white on the inside. That is, until I met other Vietnamese Australian artists like Chi Vu who had Vietnamese ancestry and artistic sensibilities.

An act of recovery: Comics from the Vietnamese diaspora

Sheila Ngoc Pham's essay gives an encompassing look at graphic novels by diasporic Vietnamese comic artists—Thi Bui, GB Tran, Marcelino Truong, Clement Baloup—from different countries: "All of these works span the turbulent last century of Vietnamese history, and are complementary as well as overlapping. Beginning with life under French colonial administration and the struggle for independence, right through to life during the war and thereafter—when we became refugees, migrants, transnationals, travelers."

Artist Matt Huynh: The Ark & The Boat

Huynh's work encompasses what he describes as interrogating 'war, diaspora, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities', and it's these parts of his practice that are highlighted in a current exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery in Australia.

Tiffany Chung: Artist Talk Excerpts

Tiffany Chung’s works from her Vietnam Exodus Project are currently exhibiting as part of the 21stBiennale of Sydney in Australia. In Tiffany’s artist talk, which was recorded at Artspace, she discusses her ongoing research and projects on forced migrations.

Searching for Saigon’s Wartime Beat

Sheila Ngọc Pham recounts discovering her mother's past as a singer in Hoa Tình Thương (The Love Flowers), an entertainment troupe that performed to boost morale during the Vietnam War.