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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She Who Has No Master(s)


Empowered Voices

Film Review: Roh by Emir Ezwan

In the forest of the film named Roh, evil comes out at night. But will you recognize this evil when it has the face of a child? As Malaysian filmmaker Emir Ezwan’s first and indie-sized step into feature-length cinema, Roh both enchants and terrifies.

Book Review: You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

In Dustin Thao’s debut novel You’ve Reached Sam, seventeen-year-old Julie struggles to readjust to life following the sudden loss of her boyfriend Sam. In a desperate moment of wanting to hear his voice again, Julie dials Sam’s number and is shocked yet delighted when he picks up the phone. 

Sprechen Sie Vietnamesisch?

“Mit gas,” I said again. I looked at my partner quizzically. “What’s ‘mit gas?’” I asked in Vietnamese. “What does ‘mit’ mean?”

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