Khôi Nguyên Trinh recalls her relationship to imagination and fantasy as a child, from animation and imaginary friends to creative writing and online quizzes, while she emphasizes the crucial role it had in community formation. She considers the way that reality influences her imagination and how a balance between fantasy and reality may be necessary, as well as imagination as a political act and a personal comfort. Trinh then imagines her “ultimate self” as a being who embodies light and manipulates fire. She also envisions herself with a lifelong dragon companion and being able to speak to plants, to fly, and to teleport. Finally, she shares the ways that she enjoys loving and being loved, her own journey in learning to love herself for herself rather than others, and the actions and objects that embody love for her.
(Interview conducted on April 7th, 2021)
imagination, community, fantasy, creative writing, fanfiction, imaginary friends, animation, online quizzes, space formation, play, comfort, reality, activism, family, mother, Vietnamese, light, fire, nature, creature companion, love, self-love, self-growth
- 0:00:00 Intro
- 0:00:36 Childhood imagination (animation, imaginary friends, creative writing, magical spaces, adventure) and community formation
- 0:08:25 Online quizzes as a form of worldbuilding
- 0:12:24 Role of reality in imagination
- 0:17:24 Imagination as a political act
- 0:19:28 Imagination as personal comfort
- 0:22:58 Finding a balance between fantasy and reality
- 0:31:04 Imagining an “ultimate self”
- 0:48:15 Loving and being loved
- 0:56:44 Loving self for oneself
- 1:02:55 Materializations of love
Khôi Nguyên Trinh (she/hers) is from New Orleans, LA. She is an Asian American Studies major and of the class of ‘22 at Davidson College. She is involved in Free Word and the Asian American Initiative at Davidson.