Monthly Archives: March, 2020

A Kind of Diary: Artist Profile of Thinh Nguyen

His films are not just an artistic statement but also his diary, a place where he can tell his struggles in life, through fear and love, from his own feelings and emotions.

Book Review: The Mountains Sing

Nguyễn writes of Vietnamese history with such understanding and humanity that one can easily argue for The Mountains Sing's status as the great Vietnamese novel of our time. The irony, of course, is that this great Vietnamese novel is written in English.

Không Chỉ Là Một Câu Chuyện Trở Về Lại Việt Nam

Don Wallace bình luận tiểu thuyết Lửa Hè của tác giả Thuy Da Lam.

In the Diaspora: March 2020

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. ■ News from the Diaspora ■ ►San Jose: Fear lingers...

The ‘Nha’ in a Name

I hurriedly wrote an Op-ed for the newspaper I work for. “Please, Mr. Zemmour, leave our first names alone.” By this “us” I meant all people who happen, like me, to have first names which point to their (non-French) origins. I even alluded to the fact that I had proudly given my daughters, who are Eurasian, Vietnamese first names. I was insulted on Twitter and on Facebook.


"The tears are built-in to our war stories. Humor provides a back door to sadness that allows for a more gentle, and perhaps deeper, absorption of the story. That doesn't mean I in anyway try to lessen the horror in the story."

Retelling Memory: Artist Profile of Ann Le

"I am creating a fiction / non-fiction of events that have occurred in our history. Memory is slippery."

An Honest Story: A Conversation with the Creators of “So Lucky”

"But So Lucky is not a diagnosis. I think it’s inaccurate (and can potentially lead to harmful racial stereotyping) to say that our families are the cause of our mental health issues. I think it’s something more complex than that, something spanning over generations and seas. I wanted to create a space, not to point fingers, but to talk about all of it."