In this excerpt of digital magazine, this is for mẹ, Danny Thien Le revels and reflects in the power of one word to heal, create home, kindle nostalgia and transcend time… Do you remember / the first time you / taught me your name / … / Was I finally a refuge / for the refugee […]

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Appellation

In this excerpt of digital magazine, this is for mẹ, Danny Thien Le revels and reflects in the power of one word to heal, create home, kindle nostalgia and transcend time… Do you remember / the first time you / taught me your name / … / Was I finally a refuge / for the refugee […]

“Dear Ba” ~ poems

Poems by Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen. Dear Ba, Sometimes I drive past our old house, looking to see if it still houses all the wounds I endured there. The stifling silence, crowding of needs, the hand-me down desires. I can still hear the hurricane of dishes, your anger howling, the denial of longings. […]

“Chênh Vênh” / “Unsettled”

Tình bạn chúng tôi mỗi ngày một thắm thiết. Đôi khi bà vỗ vỗ lên vai tôi nói: “Nếu không có em thì ta chẳng đi tới đâu được nữa. Con cháu của ta đâu có lúc nào cũng cho ta hai bờ vai để ta nương tựa như em.” 

An Interview with She Who Has No Master(s)

Near the end of last February, I saw an event floating in my FB newsfeed entitled Soap for the dogs x She who has no master(s). It caught my eye because I noticed the names of three Viet women: Vi Khi Nao, Dao Strom, and Stacey Tran. I must go, I must support, were the words running through my head. […]

“Unsettled” / “Chênh Vênh”

A bilingual story by Trần Mộng Tú: … I exist, finally, but I am lonely. My beloved friend for so many years, where is she?…

:: Vĩ Sơn Trinh :: The Stories We Carry

A photo project exploring "the stories we carry". The focus of this project is to highlight the experiences of second generation immigrants, third generation immigrants, and beyond. It is about acknowledging the roots of our ancestors and our parents planted and finding spaces to let our own stories “branch” and take shape.

diaCRITICS News & Events: December 31, 2018

diaCRITICS News & Events: December 31, 2018. Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora.

Three Poems & Artwork by Anna Vo

Unsettled, because settling was never a choice, after the first and third displacement. One foot ready to run, feelings wrapped in a box, packaged and shipped onward. I am wrestling with peace and tension, grabbing at altercations and violence, waiting for something to be ripped away again…

Fashion Designer: Thúy H. Nguyen Suits Up the Queer Community

Benedict Nguyen talks to fashion designer Thúy H. Nguyen about her Vietnamese roots, having a strong matriarch who influenced her own road to a fashion career, and about suits, subversion, and queer empowerment via fashion.

The Long Silence of Bao Ninh

The current generation of Vietnamese adults is too young to remember the war. On the margins of this shift stands Ninh, author of the country’s most cherished war novel, who not only spoke to the generation that fought the war, but humanised its victims, and in doing so, broke away from Vietnamese officialdom...

Vietgone, a review

Sadly, many members of my generation are no longer here to witness this moment of art recognizing the truth – our truth – which has been denied to us since the end of the war.

Artist Profile & Untitled Essay ~ Phung Huynh

Mom would also say, “Phung, if you want to, when you turn sixteen, you could have surgery to have your eyes widened and finally get those double eyelids.” … Artist Phung Huynh’s most current work continues to probe the questions of cultural perception and cultural authenticity through images of the Asian female body vis-à-vis plastic surgery.

Book Review: South Vietnamese Soldiers

"The North is trying to erase the political memory of the South, but those memories remain in the people who took part, in the memories of family members still in Vietnam, and among those who fled to countries such as Australia and the U.S.," Nguyen says. We are slowly losing time with our warriors...

One Note. One Dish. One Love. ~ a poem

A poem by Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, "One Note. One Dish. One Love." This poem introduces a new mini-series #metoovietnamesebodies, which explores how "Vietnamese bodies" have been impacted by "#metoo" experiences of sexual and power abuses.

An act of recovery: Comics from the Vietnamese diaspora

Sheila Ngoc Pham's essay gives an encompassing look at graphic novels by diasporic Vietnamese comic artists—Thi Bui, GB Tran, Marcelino Truong, Clement Baloup—from different countries: "All of these works span the turbulent last century of Vietnamese history, and are complementary as well as overlapping. Beginning with life under French colonial administration and the struggle for independence, right through to life during the war and thereafter—when we became refugees, migrants, transnationals, travelers."

~ Mai Khoi & The Dissidents at National Sawdust ~

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…"