Pop culture

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 Swimming to Cambodia. On the eve of his new full-length release, Heads on Sticks, I am pleased to see that Nhat is entering a new phase of his artistry. Nhat uses his own brand of hip-hop to contribute his unique …(read more)

2015 Viet Film Fest

The 2015 Viet Film Fest lineup is a medley of genres that reflects the continued growth of the Vietnamese Filmmaking Movement.Whether you …(read more)

Ham Tran’s “How to Fight In Six Inch Heels” Now Playing!

Hit movie “How To Fight in Six Inch Heels” arrives in the US! Jade Hidle tells us about it. Go …(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)

Jade Hidle: “Fresh off the Boat” at the 15th Annual SDAFF

What is your reaction when you hear the phrase “fresh off the boat”? When someone dismissed my mother for being …(read more)

Thuy Linh: Good Music, Romance: Courtesy of a Southern Film Tradition

In Thuy Linh’s most recent post in her column, she highlights the use of music and romance in Southern films …(read more)

How To Be Famous: Pop Culture News from Vietnam & the Diaspora (March 2014)

What’s new in pop culture news from Vietnam and the Diaspora? Eric Nguyen is back again with a monthly pop …(read more)

Jade Hidle: Vietnamese German Philipp Rösler and Transnational Adoption

Born in Vietnam but raised in Germany by his adoptive parents, Philipp Rösler is now a powerful political figure in contemporary …(read more)

Jade Hidle: Top Chef Serves Up “Authentic” Vietnamese Food

Because cuisines are embedded within cultural identities, the question of “authenticity” and “authority” in creating Vietnamese food is a complex …(read more)

How To Be Famous: Pop Culture News from Vietnam and the Diaspora (December 2013)

In an age of Western-dominated pop culture acts, how does a Vietnamese celebrity become famous in the international, pop culture …(read more)

Jade Hidle: 2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival

From short films to documentaries, diaCritic Jade Hiddle presents an in-depth review of the films featured in the 2013 San …(read more)

Anvi Hoàng: 8 Điều Hay Về Instant Noodle | 8 Things I Love About Instant Noodle

Cảnh trong phim Instant Noodle, đạo diễn Nguyễn Trọng Khoa – Hình từ trang web của ViFF / A scene …(read more)

Anvi Hoàng: Ngắn hay Dài? – Feeling the Films at ViFF

  The 6th biannual Vietnamese International Film Festival in Orange County has officially spread its reputation to the Midwest. Flying in …(read more)