Monthly Archives: September, 2023

Book Review: The Betrayed by Reine Arcache Melvin

Siblinghood is an intriguing thing: there could hardly be anyone in the world closer to a person than their sibling, but at the same time, the same world and circumstances can look so differently from each sibling’s perspective. The winner of the 2019 National Book Award for fiction, The Betrayed by Filipina-American writer and translator Reine Arcache Melvin, explores this complex relationship with heart, following two sisters as they navigate life in the Philippines through a turbulent dictatorship. 

How Mẹ Makes Rice ~ a poem by Jason Yore

Drain and rinse again. I’ve been told to repeat this until everything is clear or less murky.

DVAN COO Appointment Announcement

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) is happy to share that after an intensive nationwide search, we’ve appointed Kathy Nguyen as DVAN’s new Chief Operating Officer.

Book Review: My Yellow Heart by Vi Khi Nao

Zuihitsu, “lists built to cause surprise through a mix of surprise and variety,” are the cornerstone of Vi Khi Nao’s latest poetry collection My Yellow Heart. Prefaced by a copy of a blast email sent towards the end of March 2022, the collection is framed as an elongated response to a prompt. The email’s sender is Erik Ehn, who asks the recipients to practice in zuihitsu, “compassionate noting” for two weeks following the theme of “changed-for-changing.” The poetry collection follows suit, immediately creating a narrative through numbered lists, with the first half of poems titled with dates, as if in response to the prompt.