Monthly Archives: October, 2021

THIS IS FOR MẸ: The Opportunities We Didn’t Have

I clutch my phone tightly and press the little glowing call button next to “Mom.” With every ring, I imagine invisible electronic waves pulsing through the air, trying to connect. You answer, propping your phone against the basket full of mint and basil you’re preparing for phở that night. “Mom is cooking, but I’m listening. What do you want to talk?”

Book Review: The Heart Principle

On the surface, it is a love story about two people, Anna and Quan, both struggling under the weight of their experiences and expectations.

ÁCCENTED: “Not Your Lotus Blossom’: Vietnamese Women in Cinema”

On Thursday, October 21st, 2021, ÁCCENTED will be joined by legendary actress Kiều Chinh, Ysa Le from the Vietnamese International Film Festival, and Jes Vũ from CAPE in conversation with Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on Vietnamese diasporic cinema. They'll be discussing their work, careers, and ventures in the community, and share insights and wisdom into how we can continue to amplify diasporic narratives in the film industry.

on my way to the mountain

my mother tugs my hand. / she shouts, as if i am / fifteen years old leaving / our apartment at night.

Obliterating Form, Recasting Language, Elongating Time: A Conversation Between Ocean Vuong and Dao Strom

The questions that I saw them live, I tried to articulate in my works, which is: what is the use of joy in the aftermath of violence? More specifically, how do women, particularly Vietnamese women, manifest care when often it is men who create these wars? And it is women across our species who literally clean up and pick up the pieces.

>which oyster sauce

I used to be embarrassed by the faded and slightly sticky blue linoleum. / By that accidental smell made by the neighboring bottles of spices and sauces / that shouldn’t be combined. / By the overly general name: ASIA MART. / They’re more welcoming now.