Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Democrats’ Failure and Our Future

This essay by Viet Thanh Nguyen was originally published by the Los Angeles Times. Donald Trump has triumphed, an accomplishment that many, except his most ardent supporters, deemed to be impossible. For all of his faults, and they are many, he made a daring bet that paid off. He told a story that half of America wanted to hear. Hillary …(read more)

April 30

diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen offers some thoughts on April 30.  Today is what many Vietnamese in the diaspora call …(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)

Jade Hidle Reviews Quan Barry’s She Weeps Each Time You’re Born

diaCRITIC Jade Hidle reviews Quan Barry’s fiction debut, She Weeps Each Time You’re Born; a novel that merges together Vietnamese history, magical …(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)


“Là người Việt Nam” nghĩa là gì? Tổng Biên Tập trang diaCRITICS Nguyễn Thanh Việt cho rằng có lẽ đã …(read more)

diaCRITICIZE: On Ferguson

Michael Eric Dyson’s “Where Do We Go after Ferguson?” made diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen think about how hard it is to …(read more)

Jade Hidle: “Fresh off the Boat” at the 15th Annual SDAFF

What is your reaction when you hear the phrase “fresh off the boat”? When someone dismissed my mother for being …(read more)

Jade Hidle Reviews Mark Pomeroy’s Novel The Brightwood Stillness

To be released by Oregon University Press in October, Mark Pomeroy’s The Brightwood Stillness follows two Portland high school teachers, Nate …(read more)

Jade Hidle Reviews Last Days in Vietnam Documentary

An official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and winner of the audience award for best feature film at …(read more)

Anvi Hoàng’s travelogue: Người miền Bắc | People from the North

Regional differences pose interesting questions. Here are some reflections from Anvi Hoàng as she traveled for two months in Vietnam …(read more)

Tháng Tư Đen/Black April

Trong bài này, Tổng Biên Tập của diaCRITICS Nguyễn Thanh Việt bàn về ý nghĩa của “Tháng Tư Đen”, hoặc …(read more)

diaCRITICIZE: My Black April

diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the significance of “Black April,” or what the South Vietnamese in exile call the …(read more)