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Thi Bui: "Many of us don’t bother to vote while others cannot vote because laws and bureaucracies have been created to suppress their vote. This is a shaky democracy. But the stakes are so high that we must each do this small thing - show up to the polls, drop off that mail-in ballot, vote as an exercise of the democracy that, while imperfect, still exists."
A review of Vietnamese Australian poet Nguyễn Tiên Hoàng's Captive and Temporal. Hoàng explains: “The landscape I am 'in' often determines the choice of language. It could very well be a combination of landscape viewed and landscape conjured up from mental storage…"
Filmmaker profile on Vu Pham: "The Horizon is a Scar, My Love is a work of raw truth envisaged from fever dreams, hallucinations, and memories."
In this except from digital magazine, this is for mẹ, we are gifted an intimate, unflinching and intensely loving look at what exists behind...
A profile of Chicago-based graphic artist and illustrator, Nguyen Tran. Artist Statement: "Be ready. Be humble. Be kind to others."
The films reflect the diverse lives of Vietnamese across the world, an aspect of the film festival that has become the event’s signature. This year more than fifty percent of films selected for the three-day festival were either directed or produced by women, according to the fest’s press release.
diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen writes on the rigidity of defined borders and recognizing the importance of immigrants in America's history: "I am an immigrant. I am also a human being, an American, a Vietnamese, an Asian and a refugee. I do not have to choose among these identities, despite those who would insist that I do."
An art critique essay by Monique Truong: "All journeys are composite acts of the imagination. Our traveling companions are myths, fantasies, History as we have learned it, and other compelling fictions, such as the idea of the self…"
She was the one who had it all – two nail salons, a home in the wine country, trips back to Vietnam, elaborate house parties with all her friends, but then she couldn’t stop obsessing about her body.
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