Refugee experience

In Praise of Doubt and Uselessness

diaCRITICS editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on the decades-long journey to publishing his three latest works. The following article was originally published in the Los Angeles Times. Almost exactly 20 years ago, I arrived in Los Angeles in the month of June. I had received my doctorate from UC Berkeley in May and had turned 26 …(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)

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Being a Refugee, an American — and a Human Being

diaCRITICS editor, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, and Vietnam war refugee Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on American identity. The following article was …(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)

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)

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)

The Hidden Scars All Refugees Carry

The following oped by Viet Thanh Nguyen was originally published by The New York Times. Many people have characterized my …(read more)

OUT OF THE MARGINS :: Adrienne Minh-Chau Le

Adrienne Minh-Chau Le’s “Letter To My Refugee Mom” is what the title suggests it is – a straightforward, sincere, moving …(read more)

Images of America: Vietnamese in Orange County

Images of America: Vietnamese in Orange County shows how the Vietnamese community has impacted the social, cultural, economic, and political …(read more)

Vietnamese in Germany

diaCRITIC Linh Dinh reports on the current state of Vietnamese refugees living in Germany.  There are about 140,000 Vietnamese in …(read more)

Jade Hidle: Living History at VAOHP’s Vietnamese Focus Exhibit

diaCRITIC Jade Hidle visits the Vietnamese Focus: Generation of Stories exhibition, created by UC Irvine’s Vietnamese Oral History Project. This immersive …(read more)