Most Critical December 2012

1. Vietnam in Bits and Pieces—Danh Vo and his Fragmented Biography

What do Henry Kissinger, the Hotel Majestic, and Jean-Théophane Vénard have in common? Danh Vo’s here to show us. Berlin-based conceptual artist Vo was born in 1975 in Vung Tau, Việt Nam. He fled by boat with his family in 1979, and they eventually immigrated to Denmark, where Vo grew up. His performance-based work, inspired by a biographical connection to historically-situated objects, …(read more)

2. Pho 99: Rapping about Pho Culture in South Seattle

Does Pho–that aromatic broth that is the staple of nutriment and commerce in Vietnamese enclave life–have significance as art?  Does …(read more)

3. Marcelino Truong’s “Une Si Jolie Petite Guerre” — Part One by Ly Lan Dill

We have an outstanding Vietnamese-French graphic novelist, Marcelino Truong, in our midst. In 1957, Truong was born in the Philippines …(read more)

4. What Happened in November 2012: Some News and Events

What happened in November 2012: news and events relating to Vietnamese in Vietnam and around the world. [before we begin: …(read more)

5. Marcelino Truong’s “Une Si Jolie Petite Guerre” — Part Two by Ly Lan Dill

We have an outstanding Vietnamese-French graphic novelist, Marcelino Truong, in our midst. In 1957, Truong was born in the Philippines …(read more)

6. DVAN 4th Annual Holiday Literary Night

diaCRITICS celebrates with the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) on its 4th Annual Holiday Literary Night.  DVAN, an epicenter of professional …(read more)

7. Review of Poetic Politic: A Sàn Art Exhibition

Closing this week is Poetic Politic, a group exhibition of contemporary photography, videos, and documentaries from Vietnam and Cambodia, curated …(read more)

8. Khanh Ho: Confessions of a Mormon Part II

 Khanh Ho is a featured columnist interested in documenting all things forgotten:  the mental dust bunnies underneath the bookshelf of the …(read more)

9. 101 Changemakers: A Book Review

Guest writer Cara Van Le introduces diaCRITICS readers to 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History. Edited by Dao X. …(read more)

10. Asiatische Deutsche – Vietnamesische Diaspora and Beyond [Asian Germans: Vietnamese Diaspora and Beyond]

Recently, there’s been a wave of new critical work on Vietnamese and Vietnamese diasporic literature, culture, and the refugee/immigrant experience. …(read more)