Performance

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)

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 …(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)

Jade Hidle Reviews Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone, A Good Fucking Play

diaCRITIC Jade Hidle reviews Qui Nguyen’s exciting, hilarious, and moving play Vietgone. The play follows the love story of Nguyen’s parents, and …(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)

(Im)moveable Feasts—An Interview with Natalia Duong—Part Two

Recently diaCRITIC Julie Thi Underhill met up with Natalia Duong, a performance artist, choreographer, and scholar who’s recently returned to …(read more)

(Im)moveable Feasts—An Interview with Natalia Duong—Part One

Recently diaCRITIC Julie Thi Underhill met up with Natalia Duong, a performance artist, choreographer, and scholar who’s recently returned to …(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)

Writers’ Spotlight: Thao P. Nguyen

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center are proud to present the Fourth San Francisco …(read more)

Anvi Hoàng: Mở màn vở opera Chuyện Bà Thị Kính | Premiere of The Tale of Lady Thị Kính

If you want to hear the Buddhist chanting of Nam Mô A Di Đà Phật performed by Americans on large …(read more)

Coming Out, Coming Home—Thao P. Nguyen’s ‘Fortunate Daughter’

Recently diaCRITICS managing editor Julie Thi Underhill attended Thao P. Nguyen’s “one-dyke” tragicomedy show Fortunate Daughter at the intimate Impact …(read more)

War is for the Living — Opening Reception in N.Y.C. on February 14

Chuong-Dai Vo’s co-curated exhibit, War is for the Living, seems conceptually brilliant and long overdue. In critical engagement with war …(read more)

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 …(read more)