Monthly Archives: October 2020

Catching Fire: Vivian Pham in Conversation with Vi Khi Nao

"I feel my passions are forever pulling me in different directions, each tying and severing themselves from me of their own free will. Writing fiction is the only way I’ve been able to track these flippant passions and preserve them in some way."

Editor’s Note: Ten Points on Vietnamese Diasporic Stories

I see our threads separating and I want to know more. What is your story? I want to ask.
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In the Diaspora: October 2020

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

Editor’s Closing Notes: Currents

Over the past two years of editing diaCRITICS (and over the last decade of contributing to both DVAN and diaCRITICS), I’ve given much thought to the tensions between the individual and the collective, in particular to how this is weighted for a Vietnamese person in the diaspora, who must navigate multiple points of pressures, both internal and external, familial and societal.

Book Review: Fantasy by Kim-Anh Schreiber

Fantasy is about what we might have or could have inherited and the specific grief of disinheritance as well as a fear of losing cultural memory and identity. It’s a type of existential horror that Schreiber writes about and, like any horror story, there’s a feeling of dread that what haunts us will continue despite the story’s ending.

Angels ~ a poem by Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith

News came to me of two men falling from the sky after having been birthed from the steel, burning carcass of their mother.