Mekong light / by Liesl Pfeffer


Chau Doc, Vietnam
April 2018

While we were walking along the waterfront in Chau Doc, a mother brought her two young girls over to practice their English with us. They asked us our favourite colour, and our favourite food, and what time we go to bed, and what time we get up. They were very nervous, with wide eyes. We asked them in return their favourite things, but they were too struck with the anxiety of speaking English to be able to answer clearly. It was strange, and sweet. Their grandfather was recording the conversation on his smartphone.