Consumerism/commodification

OUT OF THE MARGINS :: Tuan Phan

In our March essay, Tuan Phan meditates on erasures and progress, history and modernity, and what is or is not disappearing, in a changing Saigon where trees (and the memories of trees) stand as diligent, time-bearing witnesses. You can read more of Tuan’s writing at: https://itsaphanlife.com/ DISAPPEARING SAIGON It had rained hard for hours, and now the monsoon accumulation gushed through the streets and …(read more)

Multicultural, Progressive, Totalitarian Vietnam

Linh Dinh writes on culture and politics in the new Vietnam. I last saw Vietnam in 2001. Back then, Saigon …(read more)

Big Mac Won’t Satisfy Vietnamese Desire for Human Rights

What’s past the golden arches of McDonald’s?  Journalist Andrew Lam looks past the call of Big Macs and Happy Meals …(read more)

Anvi Hoàng Interviews Nhi T. Lieu: Authenticity is not ever reachable | Tất cả đều là vấn đề tái tạo văn hóa

Anvi Hoàng interviews Professor Nhi Lieu, author of The American Dream in Vietnamese. Anvi Hoàng phỏng vấn Giáo Sư Nhi Liêu về vấn …(read more)

Mugged then Shot: Linh Dinh on American Corruption

Linh Dinh doesn’t think the USA is the greatest country on Earth. Here he lays out a powerful critique of …(read more)

Jade Hidle: A Review of Le Thanh Son’s Clash (Bẫy Rồng)

diaCRITIC Jade Hidle takes a second look at Le Thanh Son’s action film, Clash, and raises questions of the Vietnamese …(read more)

A Review: Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu’s The Beautiful Generation

Fashion, design . . . and critique? Catherine A. Traywick reviews Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu’s The Beautiful Generation, which offers a …(read more)

Jade Hidle: Meeting Strangers So Familiar: A diaCRITIC’s Dilemma

diaCRITIC Jade Hidle offers a powerful meditation on history, memory, and imagery, by centering some photos ‘saved’ from destruction in …(read more)

True Laws? (thoughts on selling "Vietnamese-ness" in America)

I have struggled with how to use these tools – the endeavor of making art and the paradox of trying …(read more)