Empowering Vietnamese American Literature and Culture

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) uplifts and fosters diasporic Vietnamese and Southeast Asian literary voices. DVAN promotes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower artists in the diaspora and inspire understanding and dialogue within our community, and with others. We champion our complex and diverse stories for future generations. We are refugees, immigrants, survivors, and descendants, and our stories must be heard.

End of the Year Giving Campaign

Thanks to the generous support of our incredible community and donors, DVAN’s End-of-Year Giving Campaign raised over $25,000, with donations matched by Co-Founder Viet Thanh Nguyen up to $25,000. We are deeply moved by the outpouring of support and faith in DVAN’s mission to uplift Southeast Asian voices and stories. Together, we will continue to advocate for Southeast Asian writers and diversify the narrative landscape with our multitudinous stories and experiences. Thank you for staying in community with us. From all of us here at DVAN, we THANK YOU!

Our Programs

Public Events

Readings, panel discussions, and festivals


Art & culture show hosted by Viet Thanh Nguyen


The Online Publication of DVAN


Books by DVAN



Latest from diaCRITICS, DVAN’s Online Magazine

Book Review: Here I Am, Burn Me by Kimberly Nguyễn

Kimberly Nguyen’s words are a punch in the gut, an inspiration, and an evocation of nostalgia, grief, pain, and hope—all at once. Her poems navigate the complexities of life through many lenses: history of the war torn homeland, the journey to reclaiming and preserving the mother language, growing up as chi hai, the “eldest daughter of an eldest daughter of an eldest daughter,” and complicated family relationships. The collection does not leave any topic untouched, and the reader will turn the pages with their heart in their throat.

Book Review: Owner of a Lonely Heart by Beth Nguyen

The uncomfortable feelings and experiences that we face as the children of Vietnamese refugees are encapsulated in Owner of a Lonely Heart, a memoir lodged in Beth Nguyen’s experience as a Vietnamese American. A sense of finality spans her book, accenting events like when our parents left Vietnam, after which some of us forgot our roots and those left behind in Vietnam.

Between the Mekong and Mississippi

Giữa Hai Giòng Sông/Between Two Rivers/Entre deux rivières is the first retrospective of An-My Lê’s three-decade career by a major American museum.

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