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Pauline Nguyen

Pauline Nguyen, author of Secrets of the Red Lantern, is co-owner of Red Lantern, the acclaimed modern Vietnamese restaurants in Sydney’s inner-city areas of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst.

In her moving memoir, Pauline tells the honest, difficult story of the Nguyen family, following the journey of her parents from their homeland in Vietnam on their escape to Thailand as refugees, and then on to their eventual resettlement in Australia. They moved to Sydney’s most vibrant and notorious Vietnamese enclave where Pauline and her brothers grew up. A shared passion for food is at the heart of this family’s journey.

Pauline’s writing has appeared in The Best Australian Essays 2010, Voracious – The Best New Australian Food WritingGriffith Review, as well as various other publications. She holds a BA in Communications at UTS and in 2008 won Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards.