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)

Lessons Vietnamese Fathers Learn From Their Children

This op-ed essay by diaCRITICS publisher Viet Thanh Nguyen is a reprint from The NYT Opinion section on Jan. 20, …(read more)

From Beneath the Shroud of Silence: How Tommy Le’s Death Shifts…

Do Nguyen Mai reflects on Tommy Le’s fatal shooting by King’s County police and what it means for Vietnamese America …(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)

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. …(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)

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)

Eric Nguyen Reviews Hoa Nguyen’s ‘Violet Energy Ingots’

diaCRITIC Eric Nguyen reviews Violet Energy Ingots, Hoa Nguyen’s newest poetry collection. The best of Hoa Nguyen’s poetry is challenging. …(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)

Bài Ngợi Ca Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, Viết Bởi Một Người Mỹ Gốc Việt (Phần 2)

Nhân kỷ niệm bốn mươi năm ngày “Sài Gòn sụp đổ,” ZM Quỳnh viết một lời ngợi ca dành cho Nguyễn …(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)