Although those who died at sea were not our blood relatives, we still consider them our ancestors, as the journey of the Thuyền Nam is so intimately linked to who we are. For these lost ancestors, we wanted to create a space that was warm, inviting, and beautiful. We wanted to create a space that would make them feel special.

An Altar to Resilience: “Sự Hồi Tưởng” Installation at SOMArts

Although those who died at sea were not our blood relatives, we still consider them our ancestors, as the journey of the Thuyền Nam is so intimately linked to who we are. For these lost ancestors, we wanted to create a space that was warm, inviting, and beautiful. We wanted to create a space that would make them feel special.

Being Seen: Artist Profile of SunKissed Productions

Through it all, there was intergenerational healing and we cried behind and in front of the scenes. That’s the power of art: it can transform traumas into a story that allows so many others to be seen and validated.

Frame to Focus with Vietnamese American Women Artists ~ Call For Submissions

Frame to Focus: Vietnamese American Women Artists is a catalog/ anthology project dedicated to the artistic work and voices of contemporary Vietnamese American women designed to celebrate their individual and collective creative genius.

Lệch Một Khấc

Họ đầm đìa đắm đuối ở mọi ngóc ngách của khu nhà trống. Họ cũng thường nhìn nhau châm bẩm để thăm dò chính mình hơn là để quan sát kẻ đối diện. Ở một thời điểm ắt có và đủ, các sơ thừa nhạy cảm và kinh nghiệm bản thân để nghe ra cái bè trầm trong dàn đồng ca.

From Minneapolis: I Am Writing Because…

I am making a space for reflection with my communities, a space for my family who have been left out of the conversation for way too long, and a space for allies who are willing to burn down capitalism and fight for racial justice equity.

Đổi Mới ~ a poem by Diana Khoi Nguyen

"When my mother met my father on a Californian campus in 1983, they stood under a tree which bore fruit foreign to both. My mother brought one home cupped in the palm of her hand, and her mother planted the seed. Together the women shared its flesh. Together the women shared flesh."

Bài không tên: Phản ánh từ một người Mỹ gốc Việt ở Minneapolis

Cuộc biểu tình diễn ra tại góc đường 38th and Chicago3, địa điểm nơi một cảnh sát da trắng sát hại một người đàn ông da đen, George Floyd. Tôi rất quen thuộc với ngã tư này: Tôi lớn lên cách đó không xa, ở Phillips, và hiện đang sống gần hơn nữa.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Hometown Flavors

"We had ancestors who were food advisors and cooks for royal families in Central and Southern Vietnam. After the Vietnam War, it was harder to hold onto our treasured recipes. As a first-generation American, I want to ensure our family’s rich history and long-lasting love for Vietnamese food will still be celebrated by generations of Vietnamese people throughout the world."

Book Review: Savage Pageant

"Savage Pageant" is a companion for our concurrent entrapment and escape. We can accompany the tapir into extinction, crushed and crushing both by and within the play, the pageant, the show.
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In the Diaspora: June 2020

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to the Vietnamese diaspora and to Việt Nam.

On Solidarity: Asian Americans & Black Lives Matter

To be further useful in movements for Black liberation, we must look into the specific ways we ourselves are functioning under state violence and white supremacy. We can do way better than attempting to organize around a myth.

Making a Universe: Christine Nguyen & the Nature of Her Art

"One of my goals is to have the viewers to slow down and put themselves in this imaginary world and think about their own natural environment, experience my imaginary one, and appreciate nature more."

“Deviate” by Trần Thị NgH

It'd been a long time since he last went to Nhu Thị's hermitage to see Đĩ Đực and then, driven by hormones, not situation, seduced the painter in the very room the painting was hung. Are men cursed or what!

Untitled: A Reflection from a Vietnamese American in Minneapolis

The protest is on 38th and Chicago, at the site where a white cop murdered a black man, George Floyd. I am very familiar with this intersection: I grew up not far away, in Phillips, and currently live even closer.

A Statement From DVAN for Black Lives

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network stands in solidarity with George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, as well as their grieving families and communities. It is important to recognize that the recent constellation of police brutality is by no means novel, but deeply rooted in the United States’ long genealogy of anti-Black violence and white supremacist logics.

Music, Karaoke, and Collectivity in the Work of Boone Nguyen

Landscape Memory, a three-channel video installation by artist and organizer Boone Nguyen, explores the complexities of diasporic remembering as Nguyen returns to the rural village where his extended family lives in Vietnam. The video documents and juxtaposes varying ways of remembering and honoring the dead, such as cleaning burial sites and burning incense, with bomb crater-turned-lakes, reclaimed over time by nature, in addition to the act of the journey itself.