Profiles in Art: Trinh Mai

diaCRITICS highlights artists of the Vietnamese diaspora. Trinh Mai Upcoming / Current March 10: Art: A Passage to Unearthing History — Artist Talk + Art-making Workshop at Portland Art Museum February 6 – May 9, 2018: Hướng Nước // Inheritance // Water Ba Ơi (Dear Father); detail (above) Ba Ơi (Dear Father), 2017, mixed media (gouache, living plants, papyrus, rainwater from Vietnam, copies …(read more)

Editor’s Note: 2018 ///\/\/// Beyond

Notes: 2018 + Beyond Author: Dao Strom   Shortly before taking on this editorship, I spent two months at an …(read more)

Book Review: Der Amerikanische Krieg: Erinnerungskultur in Vietnam

Der Amerikanische Krieg: Erinnerungskultur in Vietnam  [The American War: Culture of Memory in Việt Nam], by Andreas Margara; Berlin: regiospectra Verlag, 2012. Reviewed …(read more)

Profiles in Art: MyLoan Dinh

diaCRITICS highlights artists of the Vietnamese diaspora. MyLoan Dinh Art of Struggle, Feb 1-28,2018 at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art …(read more)

In Conversation With Viet Thanh Nguyen: On Diaspora & Culture As Plurality

photo credit: Camp Pendleton Archives This is a conversation interview conducted by Dao Strom, new editor of diaCRITICS, with Viet Thanh …(read more)

Art Exhibit: Hướng Nước / Inheritance / Water (Preview)

In honor of Tết and the Lunar New Year, the Portland Children’s Museum (Portland, Oregon) is hosting the traveling exhibit …(read more)

diaCRITICIZE: “Vietnam” is a 7-Letter Word

Image from the artist Dinh Q. Lê’s installation “Crossing the Farther Shore”, exhibited at Rice Gallery in Houston, TX in …(read more)

Forty-Two Years After the Fall of Saigon

diaCRITIC Linh Dinh writes on the censure and oppression of three poets after the fall of Saigon. I’ve only been …(read more)

I Am Miss Saigon, and I Hate It

Diep Tran reflects on how the musical “Miss Saigon” perpetuates Orientalist stereotypes and narratives in which the Vietnamese are victims, not …(read more)

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 …(read more)

An Interview with A Nationalist: Nguyễn Công Luận

diaCRITIC Zora Mai Quỳnh interviews Nguyễn Công Luận, a veteran of the Republic of Việt Nam (ARVN) army. Quỳnh recently …(read more)

Zora Mai Quỳnh Reviews “Nationalist in the Việt Nam Wars”

diaCRITIC Zora Mai Quỳnh reviews Nguyễn Công Luận’s memoir, “Nationalist in the Việt Nam Wars: Memoirs of a Victim Turned …(read more)


In our March essay, Tuan Phan meditates on erasures and progress, history and modernity, and what is or is not disappearing, in a …(read more)