diaCRITICS News & Events: April 16, 2018
Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora.
► February 21 – April 29, 2018, at the A.C.T.’s Strand Theater. “Bold, vivid, and utterly fresh, [Qui Nguyen‘s] Vietgone is an irreverent new comedy from one of American theater’s most innovative and lauded new playwrights.”
► Danh Vo: Take My Breath Away, New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, February 9 to May 9, 2018. Danish artist Danh Vo “dissects the public forces and private desires that define individual experience [and] that the self is plural and inherently fluid, yet decisively shaped by larger power structures.”
►Viet Stories: Vietnamese American Oral History project at the University of California, Irvine announces the opening of VIET STORIES: Recollections and Regenerations, an art, history, and oral history exhibition at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California from February 17, 2018 to May 28, 2018.
► Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương’s work The Opposite of Looking is Not Invisibility will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from March 18 to August 19, 2018.
■ News from the Diaspora
► Filmmakers Andrew Yuyi Truong and Jeannie Nguyen‘s short film “First Generation” ‘revolves around this idea of “double consciousness” where you’re trying to understand your own identity while wading through the sea of skewed media.’
► Qui Nguyen‘s Vietgone “champions representation and diversity on stage while dripping with pop culture nods, contemporary music, and action-adventure narrative.”
► Filmmaker Ta Quynh Tu‘s documentary, Miền Đất Hứa (The Promised Land) reveals the hardships, fear, and bitterness of the life of the undocumented labors in Taiwan.
► Virginia Del. Kathy Tran is featured at the University of Virginia’s celebration of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
■ News from Việt Nam
► A study reveals that “Vietnamese do not earn enough for daily living [and] are forced to borrow money to even meet their daily spending needs.”
► Vietnamese female scientist Dr Nguyen Thi Hiep receives L’Oreal-UNESCO fellowship.
► According to a survey, Facebook’s security breach scandal affected 427,446 users out of 64 million users in Vietnam.
Phương Anh does a nice mashup of Duyên Phận and Vùng Lá Me Bay.
► We should not forget that South Korean soldiers committed atrocities against defenseless civilians during the American War in Vietnam.
► The Battle of the Spratly Islands demonstrated that Vietnam should expect China to attack again. China’s historical subjugation of the Vietnamese people and Tibetan people should be enough evidence of China’s imperialistic aim.