Yearly Archives: 2017

From Beneath the Shroud of Silence: How Tommy Le’s Death Shifts…

I’ve long held this fear ... that young, Vietnamese American boys like my friends, cousins, and future children would drop lifeless against sidewalk cement following the sound of a gunshot, proving that warzones hungrily follow Vietnamese families regardless of where they settle.

Forty-Two Years After the Fall of Saigon

diaCRITIC Linh Dinh writes on the censure and oppression of three poets after the fall of Saigon.

I Am Miss Saigon, and I Hate It

Diep Tran reflects on how the musical "Miss Saigon" perpetuates Orientalist stereotypes and narratives in which the Vietnamese are victims, not fighters. This article was originally published by American Theatre.

The Great Vietnam War Novel Was Not Written by an American

diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen writes on the many Vietnamese-American works ignored by both the American and Vietnamese mainstream. This article was originally published by the New York Times.

In Praise of Doubt and Uselessness

diaCRITICS editor and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on the decades-long journey to publishing his three latest works. The following article was originally published in the Los Angeles Times.


Trong bài phỏng vấn này, Quan Barry đã trò chuyện cùng Eric Nguyen về tác phẩm, quá trình viết của bà và sức mạnh của thơ ca.

An Interview with A Nationalist: Nguyễn Công Luận

diaCRITIC Zora Mai Quỳnh interviews Nguyễn Công Luận, a veteran of the Republic of Việt Nam (ARVN) army. Quỳnh recently reviewed his memoir, “Nationalist in the Việt Nam Wars: Memoirs of a Victim Turned Soldier”.

Zora Mai Quỳnh Reviews “Nationalist in the Việt Nam Wars”

diaCRITIC Zora Mai Quỳnh reviews Nguyễn Công Luận’s memoir, "Nationalist in the Việt Nam Wars: Memoirs of a Victim Turned Soldier".Each page of Major...

Duy Doan Wins 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition

Duy Doan has been selected as the winner of the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition for his manuscript, We Play a Game....

Eric Nguyen Reviews Jenna Le’s ‘A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora’

Reviewed by Eric Nguyen. In the first and title poem of Jenna Le’s A History of the Cetacean American Diaspora, the speaker chronicles the evolution of the whale from “a four-legged grassland mammal” to a “surf-drunk humpback.”