Nora Lum on her Blaccent

Nora Lum on her Blaccent is the written script of spoken dialogue from a 2021 Reuters Showbiz interview with actress Nora Lum. Lum responds to a question regarding her usage of African-American Vernacular English (AAVE). This text piece follows the rise and fall of Lum’s deliverance, from filler words to rapid speech, working to display the ways in which so much can be said without saying anything.


Artist Bio
Cathleen Chow (周艷蓮) is a mixed race Chinese visual artist based on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations. Utilising a background in woodworking and illustration, her practice explores diasporic themes and the preservation of Cantonese and Toisanese language through objects and texts. She is fascinated by the idolization of celebrity and reality television, while being a dedicated fan of Anita Mui and Dolly Parton.