Essays

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, of being someplace faraway and–for myself–disconnected from history as I knew it. History as I knew it being: an American citizenship via war-related refugee exodus from Vietnam...
This op-ed essay by diaCRITICS publisher Viet Thanh Nguyen is a reprint from The NYT Opinion section on Jan. 20, 2018. If you enjoy reading this reflection on fatherhood from the Vietnamese perspective, you might also enjoy this video poem performance of Bao Phi's "Future Letter to Daughter", originally posted...
For many Americans “Vietnam” has been a moniker for a whole hellish debacle of American experience, and/but it is also the name of a country and a people. This is to say: we are at this table, too, and have been here all along.
I’ve long held this fear ... that young, Vietnamese American boys like my friends, cousins, and future children would drop lifeless against sidewalk cement following the sound of a gunshot, proving that warzones hungrily follow Vietnamese families regardless of where they settle.
diaCRITIC Linh Dinh writes on the censure and oppression of three poets after the fall of Saigon.
diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen writes on the many Vietnamese-American works ignored by both the American and Vietnamese mainstream. This article was originally published by the New York Times.