Yearly Archives: 2011

Dan Duffy on American Writer W.D. Ehrhart

What do you call a poet who's been struck by lightning a dozen times? W.D. Ehrhart.  But each time a current courses through his...

Introducing ‘A Culinary Odyssey’ — An Interview with Andrew Pham

Remember Andrew Pham's acclaimed memoirs Catfish and Mandala and The Eaves of Heaven? He's back — this time with culinary memories. Pham invokes meals from Viet...

An Ode to “ơi”

In this short piece, erin Khue Ninh, editor and educator, ponders about the nuances of the Vietnamese language and in particular, the untranslatable but meaningful “ơi.” I...

Atone: The Writing of Wayne Karlin

Atonement is often described as the closing of chapters or the completion of a cycle, when the story comes to an end.  But follow...

What Happened in November 2011: Some News and Events

Contributor Julie Nguyễn offers a critical recap of Tháng 11 or November news and events in the general interest of a Vietnamese American. She...

Call and Response—A Review of Bao Phi’s ‘Sông I Sing’

Spoken word is a perfect poetic medium for Bao Phi. His own hardscrabble truthtelling and his deep playfulness as an artist is encouraged by the genre’s imperative to bring poetry back to the people.

Lady Borton

The honorific "Bà" or "Lady" has been bestowed upon some of Vietnam's greatest women from warriors like Hai Bà Trưng and Bà Triệu to...

Reflections on the Vietnamese Ketchup, Rooster Brand Sriracha

diaCRITICS France coorespondant Ly Lan Dill starts thinking about the red sauce and about her identity as Vietnamese. A lovely piece on a super...

the stories of a girl (những câu chuyện của một cô gái)

DiaCRITIC Nhu Tien Lu Reports on girls and trafficking in Viet Nam. For the past three weeks, I’ve been living and working at Pacific Links’...

Thanhha Lai wins National Book Award

Thanhha Lai's Inside Out and Back Again won the National Book Award, one of the most prestigious literary awards in the United States. Inside Out and...