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A review of Mai Khoi & The Dissidents' music performance, by Monique Truong: "Throughout the band’s eleven-song set list, Mai Khoi’s lyrics declared, boldly and without a doubt—they were literally the writing on the wall—that she’s a citizen of a country that systematically controls and silences the free expression of its populace…"
A review of Vietnamese Australian poet Nguyễn Tiên Hoàng's Captive and Temporal. Hoàng explains: “The landscape I am 'in' often determines the choice of language. It could very well be a combination of landscape viewed and landscape conjured up from mental storage…"
The films reflect the diverse lives of Vietnamese across the world, an aspect of the film festival that has become the event’s signature. This year more than fifty percent of films selected for the three-day festival were either directed or produced by women, according to the fest’s press release.
To what extent do war and separation and loss shadow us? How do we navigate erasure? Can we shape grief and healing with words, images, emptiness, and space? Diana Khoi Nguyen explores these questions and more in her remarkable book of poetry, Ghost Of.
Huynh's work encompasses what he describes as interrogating 'war, diaspora, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant communities', and it's these parts of his practice that are highlighted in a current exhibition at Fairfield City Museum & Gallery in Australia.