Class consciousness

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. Originally published by the Los Angeles Times. A sense of the other seeps through Viet Thanh Nguyen’s work, a place where war and memory play like discordant whispers, and defining one’s identity, especially for an immigrant or a refugee, can be …(read more)

Unprotected by Assimilation: Lessons from the Case of Duy Ngo

When I began reading that a White House petition had collected 100,000 signatures — many of them reportedly Chinese names …(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)

Linh Dinh — Those Laboring Days

How often does one remember a former boss, their assault weaponry, their potential flashbacks to Nam—yet still somehow linger longest …(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)

Enforcing the Silence: The Unsolved Murder of Lam Duong

Have you heard of Lam Duong? Chances are you haven’t. Tony Nguyen’s new documentary, Enforcing the Silence, wants to change …(read more)

You Have To Be Intimate With Your Despair

Electronic voice: “This recorded call is from an inmate at a California state correctional facility.” Dylan Rodríguez, Assistant Professor in …(read more)

Doing Time Has Its Nightmares

Viet Mike Ngo, a writer, an activist, and a prisoner serving a life sentence, gives us a glimpse through the …(read more)

True Laws (Pt. 2) and a New Song

In the course of the past couple of years, I have been trying to “accomplish” my work. Writing, music. Trying …(read more)