Empowering Vietnamese American Literature and Culture

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) celebrates and fosters diasporic Vietnamese literary voices. DVAN promotes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower Vietnamese artists in the diaspora 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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Art & culture show hosted by Viet Thanh Nguyen


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Empowered Voices

Mother Tongue

A long-held family tradition, I feed my mother’s dead tongue to my daughter in bits and pieces.

false tooth picture

the best memory of my life / also consists of the worst one / visiting my grandparents in / Malaysia

“On Starting Over Again”: A Conversation Between Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Ly Tran

After having written my first book, I feel as though I'm in this incredible transition or transformative phase. In preparation for this novel, I am reinventing myself in a sense, and shedding all the layers of the person that I was when I was working on my first book.

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