Music

Searching for Saigon’s Wartime Beat

Sheila Ngọc Pham recounts discovering her mother’s past as a singer in Hoa Tình Thương (The Love Flowers), an entertainment troupe that performed to boost morale during the Vietnam War. I knew my mother had been a singer in Vietnam, though I don’t remember her ever telling me this directly; I think I overheard some mention of it in my childhood. …(read more)

The Odyssey – From Vietnam to America: An Interview with Vân-Ánh Võ

New America Media editor and diaCRITIC Andrew Lam interviews composer Vân-Ánh Võ. The following article was originally printed on New America …(read more)

Eric Nguyen Reviews ‘We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People’ by Dao Strom

diaCRITIC Eric Nguyen reviews Dao Strom’s autobiographical multimedia project, We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People. This work is …(read more)

Jade Hidle: Michael Nhat’s Experimental Hip-Hop in Heads on Sticks

Five years ago, I was introduced to the music of Michael Nhat, and I covered a performance promoting his album …(read more)

A Vietnamese Requiem: What and Why | Là gì và tại sao

Death means different things to different people. What is a requiem and how could it change the way one thinks …(read more)

Rapper Nah Nguyen’s “Địt Mẹ Cộng Sản” (DMCS) or “Fuck Communism,” Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we saw Vietnamese rapper Nah’s viral video for his new song, “Địt …(read more)

Rapper Nah Nguyen’s “Địt Mẹ Cộng Sản” (DMCS) or “Fuck Communism,” Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, author Lac Su updated us on Saigonese rapper Nah whose “Địt Mẹ Cộng Sản” …(read more)

Rapper Nah Nguyen’s “Địt Mẹ Cộng Sản” (DMCS) or “Fuck Communism,” Part 1

A couple of years ago, diacritics interviewed and reviewed Saigonese rapper Nah. The following letter by guest writer Lac Su, …(read more)

diaCRITICIZE: Off The Mark—Wahlberg #CrimingWhileWhite

The past several days has hosted a veritable media explosion (of sorts) after “Marky Mark” Wahlberg’s appeal for an official …(read more)

Interview with P.Q. Phan, Part II: Cultural Representation and Authenticity

In the first part of my interview with composer P.Q. Phan, we discussed his latest work, the opera The Tale …(read more)

Interview with P.Q. Phan Part I: Expression and Works

Born in 1962, Phan Quang Phục graduated with a degree from the School of Architecture in Hồ Chí Minh City …(read more)

Anvi Hoàng bàn/reviews The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan

Anvi Hoàng has been writing about this opera, The Tale of Lady Thị Kính, for two years. Here are some …(read more)

How To Be Famous: Pop Culture News from Vietnam and the Diaspora (December 2013)

In an age of Western-dominated pop culture acts, how does a Vietnamese celebrity become famous in the international, pop culture …(read more)