Yearly Archives: 2019

Speaking in English

Our conversations are limited to my third-grade level comprehension so I can tell you to eat your dinner and drink your milk or to change your clothes, but we cannot discuss the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning. We don't talk about where you go after death because I don't know the word for heaven or how to explain reincarnation.

Making A Case for the Interior Life of the Diaspora

It is only the failure of the American imagination and perception—a failure and inability to recognize and make space for the full imaginative agency of Vietnamese visions—that has perpetuated the notion of a dearth or naivety of art of the Vietnamese diaspora.

Never Go Away: Neustadt Prize Nominee Hoa Nguyen on Her Poetry

I never considered poetry as career and forever reject the corporate model to poetry. I never approached making art like that; I sought to be more like my dream: to remain a student to poetry and to be myself.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: The Legend of The Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

The frightening monoculture of China looms over Taiwan like hurricane clouds. But we have our own history, our own culture, our own ethnic makeup—many Taiwanese have Japanese and Aborigine blood—and our own way of making beef noodle soup. It’s not just niúròumiàn, 牛肉麵 — it’s Táiwān niúròumiàn, 台灣牛肉麵.

Empowered in the “In-Between”: A Q&A with Artist Anida Yoeu Ali

Embracing my diasporic existence means I get to be empowered within that complex “in-between” space.

A Creation Myth: Artist Profile of Anida Yoeu Ali

The Bug is an assertion of paradoxes, a result of a hybrid refugee experience, embodying the fluctuating inside/outside perspective of the transnational being. S/he longs for stillness while on a constant journey.

“Me love you long time” Sticks Around For A Really Long Time

Vietnam War movies are all the rage, again. With this, there still isn't any evidence that they show Vietnamese people or specifically Vietnamese women as whole humans.

Book Review: Fire Summer

Fire Summer begins with the political intrigue of counterrevolution in Vietnam, but it is fundamentally a quest narrative full of detours and discoveries. In the world Lam creates, strong emotions change reality. Due to the love that binds the living and the dead, the dead remain vibrant.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Thank You

In this excerpt of this is for mẹ, Terri Le navigates the complex and loving relationship that she has with her mother - the woman...

In the Diaspora: September 2019

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to Việt Nam and to the Vietnamese diaspora. ■ News from the Diaspora ■ Allegations of Vietnam Interference...