Editor’s Note: 2018 ///\/\/// Beyond

Notes: 2018 + Beyond Author: Dao Strom   Shortly before taking on this editorship, I spent two months at an artist residency in Iceland. I’d been dreaming of this trip for years, dreaming of Icelandic vistas, but also of being someplace faraway and–for myself–disconnected from history as I knew it. History as I knew it being: an American citizenship via …(read more)

In Conversation With Viet Thanh Nguyen: On Diaspora & Culture As Plurality

photo credit: Camp Pendleton Archives This is a conversation interview conducted by Dao Strom, new editor of diaCRITICS, with Viet Thanh …(read more)

DiaCRITICS in the Year of the Earth Dog

We welcome Tết and the Lunar New Year (Year of the Earth Dog) by launching a new phase of diaCRITICS. …(read more)

Art Exhibit: Hướng Nước / Inheritance / Water (Preview)

In honor of Tết and the Lunar New Year, the Portland Children’s Museum (Portland, Oregon) is hosting the traveling exhibit …(read more)

diaCRITICIZE: “Vietnam” is a 7-Letter Word

Image from the artist Dinh Q. Lê’s installation “Crossing the Farther Shore”, exhibited at Rice Gallery in Houston, TX in …(read more)

Forty-Two Years After the Fall of Saigon

diaCRITIC Linh Dinh writes on the censure and oppression of three poets after the fall of Saigon. I’ve only been …(read more)

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 …(read more)

The Great Vietnam War Novel Was Not Written by an American

diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen writes on the many Vietnamese-American works ignored by both the American and Vietnamese mainstream. This …(read more)

An Interview with A Nationalist: Nguyễn Công Luận

diaCRITIC Zora Mai Quỳnh interviews Nguyễn Công Luận, a veteran of the Republic of Việt Nam (ARVN) army. Quỳnh recently …(read more)

Zora Mai Quỳnh Reviews “Nationalist in the Việt Nam Wars”

diaCRITIC Zora Mai Quỳnh reviews Nguyễn Công Luận’s memoir, “Nationalist in the Việt Nam Wars: Memoirs of a Victim Turned …(read more)


In our March essay, Tuan Phan meditates on erasures and progress, history and modernity, and what is or is not disappearing, in a …(read more)

Eric Nguyen Reviews Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s ‘The Land South of the Clouds’

diaCRITIC Eric Nguyen reviews The Land South of the Clouds, Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s newest fiction novel. Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith …(read more)

Multicultural, Progressive, Totalitarian Vietnam

Linh Dinh writes on culture and politics in the new Vietnam. I last saw Vietnam in 2001. Back then, Saigon …(read more)