Monthly Archives: July, 2010

There’s something for everyone at the swap meet (chợ trời)

I have been going to swap meets (chợ trời) for as long as I can remember with my family. But in my youth I was...

Outspoken: Poets of the Diaspora II, featuring Anhvu Buchanan

On April 24th, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network presented “Outspoken: Vietnamese Poets of the Diaspora II” at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Six writers...

Khanh Ho: Upon First Seeing Lee’s Sandwiches

Lee’s Sandwiches is a chrome glass factory food box. Modern, sleek and new, it’s the Vietnamese answer to McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC: a...

An afternoon with Tran Trong Vu

Visit to Tran Trong Vu’s house in Antony, France, June 27, 2010. A photo essay The painter Tran Trong Vu lives in Antony, a suburb of...

Outspoken: Poets of the Diaspora II, featuring Andrew Lam

On April 24th, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network presented “Outspoken: Vietnamese Poets of the Diaspora II” at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Six writers...

Harvey Pekar

My great contemporary, friend of the world, Harvey Pekar died yesterday.  He went to bed early on Sunday and his wife Joyce Brabner found...

The Farmers and the Helicopters

If you are fortunate enough to live in New York City I strongly advise you to check out this new art exhibit by Vietnamese...

Outspoken: Poets of the Diaspora II, featuring Kim-An Lieberman

On April 24th, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network presented “Outspoken: Vietnamese Poets of the Diaspora II” at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Six writers...

Notes on Exile

It was in grad school that I learned about the exilic condition. I even took a seminar on it and we read a bunch...

Interview with Tammy Nguyen Lee, director of Operation Babylift

Among the many controversial legacies of the Vietnam War, Operation Babylift dramatically brought the results of U.S. Cold War policy to the front doorsteps...