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I Am Miss Saigon, and I Hate It

Diep Tran reflects on how the musical “Miss Saigon” perpetuates Orientalist stereotypes and narratives in which the Vietnamese are victims, not fighters. This article was originally published by American Theatre. Do you want one more tale of a Vietnam girl? —Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil Growing up, my dad always told me, “Every Vietnamese family has a remarkable story.” I …(read more)

The Great Vietnam War Novel Was Not Written by an American

diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen writes on the many Vietnamese-American works ignored by both the American and Vietnamese mainstream. This …(read more)

Vietnamese and Vietnamese American Lit: A Primer from Viet Thanh Nguyen

“Sometimes people have said that I give voice to the voiceless Vietnamese. If you know anything about Vietnamese people, you …(read more)

An Open Letter to the President

Reverend Chuong Hoai Nguyen of the Salesians of Don Bosco Society has written an open letter to President Trump on the …(read more)

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen sits down with Seth Meyers to talk about his refugee experience. In part 2 …(read more)

John Vu :: Việt Nam Renovating Dreams

John Vu’s latest book, Việt Nam Renovating Dreams, combines essays and photography to capture the Vietnamese diasporic experience. Việt Nam …(read more)

Martin Luther King, Jr., on Vietnam—and Today

Martin Luther King, Jr., is best known for his speech “I Have a Dream.” Relatively few people know of his …(read more)

OUT OF THE MARGINS :: Rachel Dinh

We start off 2017 — and Year #2 of OUT OF THE MARGINS (!) — with emerging writer Rachel Dinh’s …(read more)

OUT OF THE MARGINS :: Michael Nhat

Sometimes you can be Vietnamese and still not be Vietnamese enough. But, in truth, the diaspora yields many stories, many formulations …(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Democrats’ Failure and Our Future

This essay by Viet Thanh Nguyen was originally published by the Los Angeles Times. Donald Trump has triumphed, an accomplishment …(read more)

National Book Award Finalist Viet Nguyen Speaks Out on War, Capitalism & Trump

diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen is interviewed by Jeffrey Fleishman on his thoughts on celebrity culture, capitalism, and American imperialism. …(read more)

Ahistorical and Deluded, with Fireworks

diaCRITIC Linh Dinh writes on the necessity of reexamining our accepted historical narratives. The Dinh Dynasty lasted only 12 years and …(read more)

Ajar Press :: NƯỚC | WATER | COUNTRY

Nước, meaning both ‘country’ and ‘water’ is the theme explored in the latest edition of AJAR — a Vietnamese-English bilingual journal of poetry, short …(read more)