An art critique essay by Monique Truong: "All journeys are composite acts of the imagination. Our traveling companions are myths, fantasies, History as we have learned it, and other compelling fictions, such as the idea of the self…"

A Rejected “Travelogue” of Singapore, the Philippines, and Vietnam

An art critique essay by Monique Truong: "All journeys are composite acts of the imagination. Our traveling companions are myths, fantasies, History as we have learned it, and other compelling fictions, such as the idea of the self…"

THIS IS FOR MẸ: I Speak in Silence

In this first cross-posting of this is for mẹ, founder and diaCRITICS contributing editor, Jess Boyd, plays with the words that play with her, discussing the power and pull of what is suppressed and expressed.

Hunger: A Story by Angie Chau

I live in a three-bedroom house with my mom and dad and little sister Michelle. We have the corner bedroom because my mom can’t sleep. Down the hall, the biggest bedroom goes to my uncle and aunt because they have three sons. The smallest room goes to my aunt Kim because it’s only her and Sophia and Marcel who don’t have a dad.

Book Review of Diana Khoi Nguyen’s Ghost Of

To what extent do war and separation and loss shadow us? How do we navigate erasure? Can we shape grief and healing with words, images, emptiness, and space? Diana Khoi Nguyen explores these questions and more in her remarkable book of poetry, Ghost Of.

diaCRITICS News & Events: October 15, 2018

News from the Diaspora Minh Nguyen awarded for fighting mental health stigma Woman Accused Of Vandalizing Buddhist Statues Charged With Hate Crime News from Việt Nam Exclusive: Vietnam cyber law set for tough enforcement despite Google, Facebook pleas Young...

DVAN Writers at Djerassi Artists Residency, June 2018

From June 5-11, 2018, the Djerassi Artists Program partnered with the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) to host a private writing retreat and "dialogues across borders" project involving ten writers, from four different continents,...

diaCRITICS News & Events: July 16, 2018

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. ‘Tropical Siesta’ by Vietnamese artist Phan Thao Nguyen wins Grand Prize of APB Foundation Signature Art Prize 2018, and more news.

Freedom in Unrest: A Girl in a Book // Khairani Barokka

In this essay Khairani Barokka calls to attention traverses and trespasses of, to, upon bodies, both human/female and geographical/environmental, and draws precarious lines connecting points of toxicity and "unrest" in different nation-bodies (Indonesia, Vietnam) of Southeast Asia...

Book Review: Soap for the Dogs

Reviewed by Eric Nguyen. Along with poets like Vi Khi Nao and Hoa Nguyen, Stacey Tran represents a wave of Vietnamese American poets experimenting with language and testing the limits of the genre...

diaCRITICS News & Events: July 2, 2018

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. Mass protests sweep Vietnam for the first time in decades, and more news.

Tilted Axis Kickstarter – Translating Feminisms: Poetry Chapbooks from Across Asia

Tilted Axis is currently running a kickstarter for a project featuring SE Asian and South Asian women writers in translation. From Vietnam comes a poetry collection and a poetic feminine body essay by writer and publisher Nha Thuyen, translated from the Vietnamese by Kaitlin Rees.

Creative Minds: Viet Writers of the Diaspora at Djerassi & SJMA

On June 9, 2018, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), in partnership with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and San Jose Museum of Art, hosted a ten-writer, three-panel discussions event, Creative Minds: Vietnamese Writers of the Diaspora. The event took place at the San Jose Museum of Art, to a sold-out audience.

Artist Matt Huynh: The Ark & The Boat

Huynh's work encompasses what he describes as interrogating 'war, diaspora, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities', and it's these parts of his practice that are highlighted in a current exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery in Australia.

diaCRITICS News & Events: June 18, 2018

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. ‘Star Wars’ Actress Kelly Marie Tran Leaves Social Media After Months of Harassment, and more news.

“Tobacco-Free Communities”: A Public Health Message

The County of Santa Clara is home to one of the largest Vietnamese-American communities in the country. High rates of smoking among men of Vietnamese heritage in the area put them at risk of lung cancer, heart disease, and many other health problems.

Book Review: Hieu Minh Nguyen’s ‘Not Here’

Reviewed by Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen. To recognize suffering is the first sign of healing, and the poems of Hieu Minh Nguyen’s most recent book Not Here, published by Coffee House Press, does just that. Through a labyrinth of lyrical ironies we are led on a path of healing...