— by James Kidd: “In Vietnam, the traumatised are considered to be possessed by ghosts.” When Vietnamese writer Nguyen Phan Que Mai says this, she is not telling a spooky fairy tale, but describing how her nation continues to be haunted by its harrowing past. “So much of Vietnam’s history is trauma,” she says. “In my culture, people bury the pain of the past. I have an uncle who refuses to tell me anything. Once people begin to talk about it, they know it is healing.” […]

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