Stephen Pham

Stephen Pham

Stephen Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta.


About Stephen Pham

Stephen Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta. He is an original member of SWEATSHOP Writers’ Collective. His work has appeared in Overland, The Lifted Brow, and Seizure. Stephen has further performed readings for Sydney Festival, Sydney Writers’ Festival, and Emerging Writers’ Festival.


Articles about Stephen Pham

Articles by Stephen Pham

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen book cover

Brown Refo, White Nasho

Last week at Vy Vy Garden Café in Canley Heights, my refugee cousin Tuan and I were watching the news when a segment on the Manus Island crisis came up. ‘Leave those fucken queue jumpers, mang,’ he said. How could Tuan speak against refugees when he himself is a refugee? Moreover, he is Vietnamese-Australian, like me. We were the first non-European people to migrate en masse to settler-colonial Australia. Our appearance, culture, and language were alien and threatening. And then there was the fact of Cabramatta and Bankstown in the nineties, the Sydney suburbs of Vietnamese immigrants where crime rates spiked following the introduction of cheap heroin from Vietnamese gangs. We were boat people, foreigners, gangsters, and ingrates. So how does someone look like Tuan but sound like Pauline Hanson? How do the words of a White nationalist come from a refugee body?