Monthly Archives: February, 2023

Book Review: She is a Haunting by Trang Thanh Tran

At the center of She is a Haunting is Nhà Hoa, or “Flower House”, a 1920s villa built by French colonizers in Đà Lạt, and abandoned by the French and Americans after the Vietnam War.

In the Diaspora: February 2023

►Liberal Party’s first Vietnamese MP shares story of perilous boat journey►Chinese ship threatens and confiscates catch of Vietnamese boat off Paracel Islands►Vietnam Communist Party...

Laughable-lamentable Irresistible Love: A Conversation with Translator Quyên Nguyễn-Hoàng

The novel offers a rather informal, unjournalistic, fragmentary and linearity-defying transmission of these little stories about a village that seems so alive but, at the same time, seems to be receding into the elusive substance of memory. As mentioned several times in the book, this kind of chronicle, in its disorderliness, is frequently erased from official history.

The Structures of Trust

My dad recalled his first supernatural encounter during one of the trips down the dirt-roads-turned-trenches. Surrounded by melaleucas on both sides like the devils' crooked arms doming over in the dark, they were in search of drylands where grass and straw were left untouched by water for the cattle at home.

Poems and Visuals by DACBEET

A birthday card as a placemat for spit coated fishbones / Celebration of life and death and near-death / I looked at the ghost in the eye with a taunt / If you are going to take me, take me now — / You won’t.

In the Diaspora: January 2023

►‘Together we can do big things:’ Vietnamese community celebrates Lunar New Year►Vietnamese EV company VinFast to open over 30 showrooms in California►Vietnamese community seeks...

Intercolonial Intimacies: A Conversation with Paula C. Park

Paula C. Park, in Intercolonial Intimacies: Relinking Latin/o America to the Philippines 1898-1964, retraces linguistic and cultural proximities that underline networks of kinship between the Philippines and Latin America. These networks help us to better understand the distant, yet interconnected regions impacted still by the legacies of colonialism, but not by centering the US and Spanish empires.