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.

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

In this except of this is for mẹ, Zachary Schwartz anchors us in the familiar scent of grandma's noodle soup, and takes us on a...

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.

Book Review: Fire Summer

Fire Summer begins with the political intrigue of counterrevolution in Vietnam, but it is fundamentally a quest narrative full of detours and discoveries. In the world Lam creates, strong emotions change reality. Due to the love that binds the living and the dead, the dead remain vibrant.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Thank You

In this excerpt of this is for mẹ, Terri Le navigates the complex and loving relationship that she has with her mother - the woman who has made her who she is, but the woman...
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News & Events: September 2019

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. ■ News from the Diaspora ■ Allegations of Vietnam Interference in Westminster Now Official City Policy Mayor Tri Ta during...

Filling the Silence: Artist Profile of Joshua Nguyen

Perhaps, my writing comes from this hope that the stories I pass on will collide with the stories I create for myself and this will be enough of a legacy. A legacy that my family will be proud of. I am always trying to find parallels between me and the silence that plagues my family.

Oscar Wilde in Hanoi: Book Hunter’s Literary Community in Vietnam

I sympathize with Book Hunter and with the cause of cultural and artistic freedom that Hà Thủy Nguyên and Lê Duy Nam uphold. It seems that enhanced liberties in Vietnam should ultimately mesh well with current government policies for economic integration. After all, if a nation is open to business with other societies, it follows that everyone will also be exposed to different ways of thinking about the humanities, art, and literature.

Defining Ourselves: Artist Will Pham in Conversation with Natalie Tan

This is the argument I’m trying to make, that there’s a lot to be grateful for. There’s already that calmness, there’s already that life. What I did at that stage in my life, which was only a few months ago, I just tried to look closer to home, and thought, “this could be a lot worse.”

Textures of April 30th: The President’s Daily Brief

Beneath the shroud of morning, two mothers watch / their daughter die. One keeps her eyes closed, / the other, her hands clutching prayer, // a kaleidoscope pool collected at their naked feet / as a lotus ruptures upon the gasoline garden.

Book Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a book-length letter of a 28-year-old gay Vietnamese American man to his mother. It is a letter she cannot read, but it doesn’t make it less important. Through impressionistic scenes, Little Dog, the novel’s narrator, builds not only a picture of the life he has with his mother but a landscape of love, memory, and ultimately history.

Chiêm Ngắm Đồng Hiện

Trong What My Eyes Behold Is Simultaneous (tạm dịch: Chiêm Ngắm Đồng Hiện ), triển lãm cá nhân của Thùy-Hân Nguyễn-Chí, trò chơi bóng bàn là hình tượng của vòng lặp ảnh hưởng giữa người với người trong những quy mô lớn nhỏ, xuyên không-thời gian.

Missing Piece Project Profile, Part 2: A Collective Interview

The Missing Piece Project is so incredibly important because it demands a transformation of memory, a rethinking of how history has rendered the war in Vietnam.
August 2019 News

News & Events: August 2019

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. ■ News from the Diaspora ■ MasterChef winner known as 'The Blind Cook' opens first restaurant in Houston Woman becomes cop...