Empowering Vietnamese American Literature and Culture

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) believes that the stories and aesthetics of a thriving Vietnamese diaspora can unite our global community. Our mission is to celebrate and foster diasporic Vietnamese literary voices. DVAN presents nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower Vietnamese artists in the diaspora and to promote 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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Empowered Voices

Languaged: “Bite the Tongue” Online Exhibit

Bite the tongue is an online programme investigating notions of language and translation (or absence thereof) in the context of Southeast Asia.

Drum Majors: James Nguyen & Victoria Pham on RE:SOUNDING

RE:SOUNDING is also a subversion of what James calls their “white inheritance”. Like many from diasporic communities who have grown up in Australia, the worldview in which they’re embedded, the one they’re taught at school and university, considers non- Western cultures to be flat, one-dimensional and removed from contemporary society. The result is a physical and spiritual disconnection from their own cultural heritage.

double edge soliloquy ~ a poem by Kaitlan Bui

they used to recount stories but
just when i became old enough
they stopped i don’t know why
and now i ask i ask i

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