I could say more here, about mistaken-ness and being mistaken, about refugees and human rights groups, about dogs on leashes, about signs and guns, and the 11th-Hour Remnant or the New Aryan Nation. About navigating Asian American identity here in Idaho as a public school teacher, coach, parent, and neighbor.

“The Adoptee”: The Work of “Re-Imagining”

I could say more here, about mistaken-ness and being mistaken, about refugees and human rights groups, about dogs on leashes, about signs and guns, and the 11th-Hour Remnant or the New Aryan Nation. About navigating Asian American identity here in Idaho as a public school teacher, coach, parent, and neighbor.

diaCRITICIZE: Thi Bui ~ On Voting

Thi Bui: "Many of us don’t bother to vote while others cannot vote because laws and bureaucracies have been created to suppress their vote. This is a shaky democracy. But the stakes are so high that we must each do this small thing - show up to the polls, drop off that mail-in ballot, vote as an exercise of the democracy that, while imperfect, still exists."

Book Review: Captive and Temporal

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…"

Filmmaker Vu Pham ~ The Horizon is a Scar, My Love

Filmmaker profile on Vu Pham: "The Horizon is a Scar, My Love is a work of raw truth envisaged from fever dreams, hallucinations, and memories."

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Poem II

In this except from digital magazine, this is for mẹ, we are gifted an intimate, unflinching and intensely loving look at what exists behind and beyond "a legacy of silence". this is for mẹ is...

Artist Profile: Nguyen Tran

A profile of Chicago-based graphic artist and illustrator, Nguyen Tran. Artist Statement: "Be ready. Be humble. Be kind to others."

Viet Film Fest 2018 Showcases Diversity in the Diaspora

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.

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Immigrant’s Fate Is Everyone’s

diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen writes on the rigidity of defined borders and recognizing the importance of immigrants in America's history: "I am an immigrant. I am also a human being, an American, a Vietnamese, an Asian and a refugee. I do not have to choose among these identities, despite those who would insist that I do."

A Rejected “Travelogue” of Singapore, the Philippines, and Vietnam

An art critique essay by Monique Truong: "All journeys are composite acts of the imagination. Our traveling companions are myths, fantasies, History as we have learned it, and other compelling fictions, such as the idea of the self…"

THIS IS FOR MẸ: She Was The One

She was the one who had it all – two nail salons, a home in the wine country, trips back to Vietnam, elaborate house parties with all her friends, but then she couldn’t stop obsessing about her body.

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network 2018 Fundraiser

Please support DVAN's Fall/Winter 2018 fundraiser. You can help by donating, spreading the word, sharing on social media, and telling your friends and families. Now is a crucial time, in this country and throughout the world, to hear and support underrepresented voices.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: I Speak in Silence

In this first cross-posting of this is for mẹ, founder and diaCRITICS contributing editor, Jess Boyd, plays with the words that play with her, discussing the power and pull of what is suppressed and expressed.

Hunger: A Story by Angie Chau

I live in a three-bedroom house with my mom and dad and little sister Michelle. We have the corner bedroom because my mom can’t sleep. Down the hall, the biggest bedroom goes to my uncle and aunt because they have three sons. The smallest room goes to my aunt Kim because it’s only her and Sophia and Marcel who don’t have a dad.

Book Review of Diana Khoi Nguyen’s Ghost Of

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.

diaCRITICS News & Events: October 15, 2018

News from the Diaspora Minh Nguyen awarded for fighting mental health stigma Woman Accused Of Vandalizing Buddhist Statues Charged With Hate Crime News from Việt Nam Exclusive: Vietnam cyber law set for tough enforcement despite Google, Facebook pleas Young...

DVAN Writers at Djerassi Artists Residency, June 2018

From June 5-11, 2018, the Djerassi Artists Program partnered with the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) to host a private writing retreat and "dialogues across borders" project involving ten writers, from four different continents,...