Highlights from DVAN 4th Annual Holiday Literary Night

diaCRITICS celebrated with the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) on its 4th Annual Holiday Literary Night on Friday, December 28th, in San Francisco. DVAN, an epicenter of professional Vietnamese American artists, writers, and academics, aims to promote artists from the Vietnamese Diaspora. The holiday event features writers and poets and is raising money for some worthy, literary causes with a silent auction.  Read on to see some photo highlights from a wonderful night! Photos courtesy of haihophotos.com.

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Lan Duong celebrated her new book, Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism
An attentive audience of nearly a hundred listened
Andrew Lam was the emcee
Poets Jai Arun Ravine, Margaret Rhee, and Barbara Jane Reyes, featured here, read
Books by Lan Duong, Andrew Lam and the poets on sale
Cakes for both Lan Duong's Treacherous Subjects and DVAN's forthcoming Troubling Borders

Holiday Literary Night 2012

A celebration of two pioneering books:

The first study of Vietnamese films: Dr. Lan Duong’s Treacherous Subjects,

The first anthology on Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art

DVAN 4th annual  Holiday Literary Night will be hosted by Andrew Lam (NPR commentator).  The event is scheduled for Friday, December 28th from 6:30pm-11pm at The Infinity Complex Reception Room.


At this formal event, we will be celebrating Dr. Lan Duong’s new book Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism, the first book ever to provide a comprehensive study of Vietnamese films and literature both from the mainland and abroad. Also celebrated is DVAN’s ambitious 4-year project Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art.  This is the first  Southeast Asian women anthology edited by experts in the field: Dr. Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Dr. Lan Duong, Dr. Mariam B. Lam and Kathy Nguyen.  This anthology is the only one of its kind.  It represents voices never heard before from the Hmong, Mien, and Cham community as well as many others.

Acclaimed writers and poets Barbara Reyes, Margaret Rhee and Jai Arun Ravine will be reading from their most recent works. A special community award will be presented to Ms. Diep Vuong, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Pacific Links Foundation for her inspiring work with ADAPT in combating sex-trafficking.

Finally, we will have a silent auction of artworks, including one by acclaimed artist Binh Danh, as well as a door prizes.  This will help fund our 2nd Global Vietnamese Film Festival, featuring films from all around the world, tentatively featuring Palm D’Or Winner and Oscar-nominated Tran Anh Hung and his new film Norwegian Woods based on the Haruki Murakami novel.   You and your guest will savor appetizers from restaurant Le Cheval and local businesses.

Cost: $20. Due to a limited supply of tickets, please buy in advance.  Contact Thang Dao ([email protected])

Time: December 28, 2012, 6:30pm-11pm

Location: The Infinity Complex Reception Room (@ the courtyard) between 300 & 338 Spear St., SF, CA 94105)

For additional details and information please contact Isabelle Thuy Pelaud ([email protected]).

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