Music

Mai Khoi + The Dissidents: First U.S. Performance 9/11/18

A quick signal boost for this first U.S. appearance by Vietnamese performer and dissident/activist artist, Mai Khoi, performing with her band The Dissidents. Also with spoken-word poet Paul Tran. Information below from the National Sawdust website. Special discount for our readers: use the code “PEN5” for $5 off tickets to this event. Tickets Available Here NationalSawdust+ presents an evening of …(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)

The Odyssey – From Vietnam to America: An Interview with Vân-Ánh Võ

New America Media editor and diaCRITIC Andrew Lam interviews composer Vân-Ánh Võ. The following article was originally printed on New America …(read more)

Eric Nguyen Reviews ‘We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People’ by Dao Strom

diaCRITIC Eric Nguyen reviews Dao Strom’s autobiographical multimedia project, We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People. This work is …(read more)

Jade Hidle: Michael Nhat’s Experimental Hip-Hop in Heads on Sticks

Five years ago, I was introduced to the music of Michael Nhat, and I covered a performance promoting his album …(read more)

A Vietnamese Requiem: What and Why | Là gì và tại sao

Death means different things to different people. What is a requiem and how could it change the way one thinks …(read more)

Rapper Nah Nguyen’s “Địt Mẹ Cộng Sản” (DMCS) or “Fuck Communism,” Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we saw Vietnamese rapper Nah’s viral video for his new song, “Địt …(read more)

Rapper Nah Nguyen’s “Địt Mẹ Cộng Sản” (DMCS) or “Fuck Communism,” Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, author Lac Su updated us on Saigonese rapper Nah whose “Địt Mẹ Cộng Sản” …(read more)

Rapper Nah Nguyen’s “Địt Mẹ Cộng Sản” (DMCS) or “Fuck Communism,” Part 1

A couple of years ago, diacritics interviewed and reviewed Saigonese rapper Nah. The following letter by guest writer Lac Su, …(read more)

diaCRITICIZE: Off The Mark—Wahlberg #CrimingWhileWhite

The past several days has hosted a veritable media explosion (of sorts) after “Marky Mark” Wahlberg’s appeal for an official …(read more)

Interview with P.Q. Phan, Part II: Cultural Representation and Authenticity

In the first part of my interview with composer P.Q. Phan, we discussed his latest work, the opera The Tale …(read more)

Interview with P.Q. Phan Part I: Expression and Works

Born in 1962, Phan Quang Phục graduated with a degree from the School of Architecture in Hồ Chí Minh City …(read more)

Anvi Hoàng bàn/reviews The Tale of Lady Thị Kính by P.Q. Phan

Anvi Hoàng has been writing about this opera, The Tale of Lady Thị Kính, for two years. Here are some …(read more)