#23: Trendy Nguyen

Deep Dish manager, 2004

When I first moved to Melbourne I washed dishes and made spring rolls at a cafe called Deep Dish. The owner and boss was an incredibly tiny elderly Vietnamese woman called Trendy. For real.

Her daughter May ran the day to day, practical things, and Trendy mainly just wandered around hugging everyone, making sure they were happy. To keep my spirits up she liked to perform a bizarre, completely wrong version of a haka for me while I was standing there working. I tried to tell her that it was pretty inappropriate but she would laugh and tell me it was ok because she'd been to New Zealand.