Empowering Vietnamese American Literature and Culture

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) believes that the stories and creativity of a thriving Vietnamese diaspora can connect our global community. Our mission is to celebrate and foster diasporic Vietnamese literary voices. DVAN promotes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower Vietnamese artists in the diaspora and to inspire understanding and dialogue within our community, and with others. Our complex and diverse stories must be championed and passed on to current and future generations. We are refugees, immigrants, survivors, and descendants, and our stories must be heard.

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THIS IS FOR MẸ: The Opportunities We Didn’t Have

I clutch my phone tightly and press the little glowing call button next to “Mom.” With every ring, I imagine invisible electronic waves pulsing through the air, trying to connect. You answer, propping your phone against the basket full of mint and basil you’re preparing for phở that night. “Mom is cooking, but I’m listening. What do you want to talk?”

Book Review: The Heart Principle

On the surface, it is a love story about two people, Anna and Quan, both struggling under the weight of their experiences and expectations.

ÁCCENTED: “Not Your Lotus Blossom’: Vietnamese Women in Cinema”

On Thursday, October 21st, 2021, ÁCCENTED will be joined by legendary actress Kiều Chinh, Ysa Le from the Vietnamese International Film Festival, and Jes Vũ from CAPE in conversation with Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on Vietnamese diasporic cinema. They'll be discussing their work, careers, and ventures in the community, and share insights and wisdom into how we can continue to amplify diasporic narratives in the film industry.

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