Yearly Archives: 2017

OUT OF THE MARGINS :: Disappearing Saigon

It had rained hard for hours, and now the monsoon accumulation gushed through the streets and sidewalks of District 1. I was caught in the downpour while riding my motorbike through the boulevards of Saigon, wide lanes relatively devoid of traffic on this wet working day.

Eric Nguyen Reviews Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s ‘The Land South of the Clouds’

diaCRITIC Eric Nguyen reviews The Land South of the Clouds, Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith’s newest fiction novel. Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith returns to familiar territory in...

Multicultural, Progressive, Totalitarian Vietnam

I last saw Vietnam in 2001. Back then, Saigon had no American fast food joints save a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Long-term foreign residents were few, and mostly confined to the Phạm Ngũ Lão area. Now in Saigon, there are 20 KFCs, eight Burger Kings and six McDonald’s, with one across the street from where I used to lived, five miles from downtown.

Interview with Quan Barry: “Art helps us see beyond ourselves”

2015 saw the publication of two books by the award-winning poet Quan Barry: the novel She Weeps Each Time You’re Born and her fourth...

Vietnamese and Vietnamese American Lit: A Primer from Viet Thanh Nguyen

"Sometimes people have said that I give voice to the voiceless Vietnamese. If you know anything about Vietnamese people, you know they are not voiceless. They are quite loud, whether it is in Vietnamese or English. Here is a reading list of some of the most important writing by Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans, just to prove that we have not been voiceless. Most of the time we are just not heard."

Eric Nguyen Reviews Hoa Nguyen’s ‘Violet Energy Ingots’

Reviewed by Eric Nguyen. The best of Hoa Nguyen’s poetry is challenging. There is no hand holding and very few concrete objects to grasp. “I love when poems disrupt expectations, are dissonant, cut and bend in unexpected ways,” she says in an interview with The Rusty Toque.

An Open Letter to the President

Reverend Chuong Hoai Nguyen of the Salesians of Don Bosco Society has written an open letter to President Trump on the recent refugee ban, as well as his own experience as a refugee escaping Saigon.

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen sits down with Seth Meyers to talk about his refugee experience.

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Being a Refugee, an American — and a Human Being

diaCRITICS editor, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, and Vietnam war refugee Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on American identity: "I am a refugee, an American, and a human being, which is important to proclaim, as there are many who think these identities cannot be reconciled."

Bài Ngợi Ca Nguyễn Ngọc Loan, Viết Bởi Một Người Mỹ Gốc Việt (Phần 2)

Nhân kỷ niệm bốn mươi năm ngày “Sài Gòn sụp đổ,” ZM Quỳnh viết một lời ngợi ca dành cho Nguyễn Ngọc Loan.