NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE She Who Has No Master(s): Food, Memory, Mythology She Who Has No Master(s) presented an event on “Food, Memory, Mythology” on October 28th at the East Las Vegas Library, courtesy of the Black Mountain Institute. Collective members Vi Khi Nao, Dao Strom, and Stacey Tran shared collaborative poetry in video and reading formats and led the audience in a...

DVAN November 2019 Newsletter

NOVEMBER 2019 ISSUE She Who Has No Master(s): Food, Memory, Mythology She Who Has No Master(s) presented an event on “Food, Memory, Mythology” on October 28th...

#BLACKPOWERYELLOWPERIL

#BlackPowerYellowPeril. Have you seen these words together? What comes to mind? Do you know what it means? The first instance is a photograph in front of the Alameda Courthouse in Oakland, California with Asian-American activists holding a sign that said: Yellow Peril Supports Black Power, at a rally for Huey Newton, a founder of The Black Panther Party in 1966.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: To my fourteen-year-old self

To my fourteen-year-old self, Years ago, when we first came to the U.S., remember how Mom used to take you with her to the houses she cleaned? You’d sit in the kitchens of these houses crammed full of wide empty spaces, feet dangling, too scared to touch anything in case you left a mark.

Book Review: The Sweetest Fruits

What makes this biographical novel different? Lafcadio Hearn gets none of the words. Instead, Truong chose to tell the history of Hearn through the women in his life.

Autrefois une île de résidence: la diaspora Vietnamienne en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Pour les enfants Vietnamiens qui ont quitté le Vietnam mais ne font pas partie de la grande vague d'immigrants vers les États-Unis après la chute de Saigon en 1975, qui se sont rendus en Nouvelle Calédonie, aux Nouvelles Hébrides (aujourd'hui Vanuatu), au Canada, en France, en Allemagne de l'Ouest, aux Philippines, même en Norvège, nous sommes des graines propagées par les vents qui ont germé et appris à pousser sans que personne ne sache comment nous distinguer. Nous faisons partie de la diaspora Vietnamienne, mais nous sommes encore à la recherche de notre identité.

The Sweetest Fruits: A Conversation with Monique Truong

The “minor” characters interest me because they were, in fact, present within history and were witnesses and participants, and yet few historians have bothered to inquire into what these folks saw, felt, and understood about the world. It takes a heck more research and labor to locate the history of these so-called “minor” characters.

An Unexpected Immigrant Story: A Review of Poor Yella Rednecks

In depicting the resettlement hardships of Vietnamese refugees in America during the late 20th century, playwright Quí Nguyễn creates a full  portrait of the Vietnamese refugee during their first few years in America. He offers us a way to see that one can look back at a past filled with vulnerability, naivety, and failures, and laugh at it all even while crying, and still be pleased with all that has passed.

Murmurs of Dissent: Sophia Terazawa in Conversation with Vi Khi Nao

"Perhaps it would be clear what the impulse of “naming” could do in ways that simply writing out the words cannot. We can’t name the horror. We can trace it. We can color in the lines."
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News & Events: October 2019

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. ■ News from the Diaspora ■ ►Huan Nguyen becomes first Vietnamese U.S. Navy Rear Admiral ■ News from Việt Nam ■ ►Health...

Speaking in English

Our conversations are limited to my third-grade level comprehension so I can tell you to eat your dinner and drink your milk or to change your clothes, but we cannot discuss the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning. We don't talk about where you go after death because I don't know the word for heaven or how to explain reincarnation.

Making A Case for the Interior Life of the Diaspora

It is only the failure of the American imagination and perception—a failure and inability to recognize and make space for the full imaginative agency of Vietnamese visions—that has perpetuated the notion of a dearth or naivety of art of the Vietnamese diaspora.

Never Go Away: Neustadt Prize Nominee Hoa Nguyen on Her Poetry

I never considered poetry as career and forever reject the corporate model to poetry. I never approached making art like that; I sought to be more like my dream: to remain a student to poetry and to be myself.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: The Legend of The Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

The frightening monoculture of China looms over Taiwan like hurricane clouds. But we have our own history, our own culture, our own ethnic makeup—many Taiwanese have Japanese and Aborigine blood—and our own way of making beef noodle soup. It’s not just niúròumiàn, 牛肉麵 — it’s Táiwān niúròumiàn, 台灣牛肉麵.

Empowered in the “In-Between”: A Q&A with Artist Anida Yoeu Ali

Embracing my diasporic existence means I get to be empowered within that complex “in-between” space.

A Creation Myth: Artist Profile of Anida Yoeu Ali

The Bug is an assertion of paradoxes, a result of a hybrid refugee experience, embodying the fluctuating inside/outside perspective of the transnational being. S/he longs for stillness while on a constant journey.

“Me love you long time” Sticks Around For A Really Long Time

Vietnam War movies are all the rage, again. With this, there still isn't any evidence that they show Vietnamese people or specifically Vietnamese women as whole humans.