Essays

OUT OF THE MARGINS :: Rachel Dinh

We start off 2017 — and Year #2 of OUT OF THE MARGINS (!) — with emerging writer Rachel Dinh’s …(read more)

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 …(read more)

Ahistorical and Deluded, with Fireworks

diaCRITIC Linh Dinh writes on the necessity of reexamining our accepted historical narratives. The Dinh Dynasty lasted only 12 years and …(read more)

The Hidden Scars All Refugees Carry

The following oped by Viet Thanh Nguyen was originally published by The New York Times. Many people have characterized my …(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Immigrant’s Fate Is Everyone’s

diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen writes on the rigidity of defined borders and recognizing the importance of immigrants in America’s history. This …(read more)

Searching for Saigon’s Wartime Beat

Sheila Ngọc Pham recounts discovering her mother’s past as a singer in Hoa Tình Thương (The Love Flowers), an entertainment troupe …(read more)

Vietnamese in Germany

diaCRITIC Linh Dinh reports on the current state of Vietnamese refugees living in Germany.  There are about 140,000 Vietnamese in …(read more)

The Curation of a Space :: Dao Strom Speaks to Stacey Tran

Stacey Tran is a poet, artist, and event-organizer based in Portland, OR. She is the curator for HOLDING SPACE, a …(read more)

OUT OF THE MARGINS On Giving Fire by Sophia E. Terazawa

The OUT OF THE MARGINS series continues with a piece by poet and performance artist Sophia E. Terazawa. In this essay, Terazawa …(read more)

Out of the Margins – November 2015: “Iowa” by Dao Strom

Our second post for OUT OF THE MARGINS is an essay on the writing life from our own series editor, …(read more)

Tony Nguyen: A Chance for Truth in Little Saigon

Tony Nguyen, director of Enforcing the Silence, responds to criticism of FRONTLINE and ProPublica’s new documentary investigating the murders of Vietnamese-American …(read more)

Linh Dinh: Our Refugee Future

  Linh Dinh reflects on the current refugee crisis, refugee movements of the past, and how we should accept our inevitable …(read more)

Meta Eulogy: Nguyễn Ngọc Loan By a Vietnamese American (Part 2)

For the fortieth anniversary of the “Fall of Saigon,” ZM Quynh writes a meta eulogy dedicated to Nguyễn Ngọc Loan. In …(read more)