Featured Literature

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 article was originally published by the New York Times. In 1967, Le Ly Hayslip, then known as Phung Thi Le Ly, was a teenager living and working in Da Nang. A peasant girl who had survived war and rape in …(read more)

Cảm nhận về tập thơ Sông I Sing của Bảo Phi

Sau  đây là bài đánh giá của Phó Tổng Biên tập Julie Thi Underhill về tập thơ đầu tay Sông …(read more)

A Review of ‘The Frangipani Hotel’ by Violet Kupersmith

Eric Nguyen gives an in-depth review of Violet Kupersmith’s The Frangipani Hotel, a collection of contemporary short stories based on …(read more)

Lucy Van Reviews Audrey Chin’s “As the Heart Bones Break”

  Originally featured on peril.com.au, Lucy Van gives us an in-depth review on Audrey Chin’s book As the Heart Bones …(read more)

A Review of ‘The Land Baron’s Sun’ by Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith

Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s debut book, The Land Baron’s Sun, is difficult to categorize. It’s poetry for sure, but each …(read more)

Eric Nguyen Reviews ‘The Lotus and the Storm’ by Lan Cao

In her debut novel, Monkey Bridge, Lan Cao explored a mother-daughter relationship in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, highlighting …(read more)

Review of “The Gift of Freedom: War, Debt, and Other Refugee Passages”

Evyn Lê Espiritu, a UC Berkeley Rhetoric PhD student gives us an in-depth review of Mimi Thi Nguyen’s The Gift of Freedom: …(read more)

The Lotus and The Storm – A Delicate Balance

  During the 17-year gap between her novels Monkey Bridge (Viking, 1997) and The Lotus and the Storm, Lan Cao …(read more)

A Review of ‘Split’ by Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che charts uneasy territory in her debut collection, Split. Divided into three parts, the collection explores the legacy …(read more)

Interview with Lan Cao: Diving into the Wreckage And Into the World

1997 marked an important year in Vietnamese American literature when Viking published Lan Cao’s debut novel Monkey Bridge. Cao’s novel …(read more)

Interview with Andrew X. Pham: “Words Belong to Everyone”

Andrew X. Pham has had an interesting career. An engineer by training, he left his job to bike along the …(read more)

Khanh Ho: A Vietnamese American Detective Novel: Unheard of?

A writer, critic, professor and world traveler confesses a terrible, trashy secret:  his love of detective fiction.  In an essay …(read more)

Lapidary Translations of Crystalline Prose: On the Writing of Pham Thi Hoai

Guest contributor Matt Martin describes and analyzes the works of Phạm Thị Hoài, a Vietnamese writer, editor, and translator living in …(read more)