Monthly Archives: October, 2023

In the Diaspora: October 2023

News from Vietnamese Abroad and from Việt Nam►'Severely punished': Vietnam environmental activists face crackdown►Vietnam: The Challenges of Investing in Social Good►Vietnam calls for end...

Formative Years: A Conversation with Diana Khoi Nguyen and Steve Nguyen

The image of us walking away from the school–your accompanying me home moves me, but I’m not sure why. Perhaps because my adult self knows how with retrospection–how meaningful it was to have someone who looked like me/my family members–to spend time with me in a kind way.

Quá khứ và hiện tại: Sự hòa hợp giữa chất liệu thời gian và tình yêu đồng tính trong phim Song Lang.

Tuy là trích dẫn này có một chút sến (mượn từ của đạo diễn bộ phim, Leon Lê, trong cuộc phỏng vấn với Columbia University) tôi cho rằng du hành vượt thời gian là phương pháp mà Song Lang miêu tả cách thức vấn đề giới tính ở Việt Nam thời kỳ cuối thuộc địa không đơn giản như đa số các nhà nghiên cứu đã thừa nhận.

Drowning Dragon Slips by Burning Plains by Khải Đơn

Drowning Dragon Slips by Burning Plains counters the narrative held in the West about women and the land of the quaintly "lush" and "charming" Mekong Delta.

Reverse Travelogue

My mother cannot find her old home.

Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose, 25th Anniversary Edition

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of its publication, DVAN is proud to release a newly updated version of Watermark, the seminal anthology of Vietnamese American literature. With this new edition, which includes fourteen additional pieces, Watermark takes its place as a generational work of eclectic and essential voices.

Coercion is (and cost me) my mother tongue

I know how to say sorry in Mandarin but not Hokkien, which is the Chinese my family speaks. That should tell you a bit about my family life.That’s also why, up until a few weeks ago, I didn’t consider Hokkien my mother tongue. All I know of Hokkien are orders—as in, go there, come here, don’t do that, bring this, let’s eat—domestic things, an insult or two, and questions—as in, what time is dismissal tomorrow, how could you.But since settling down in Switzerland and seeing droves of kids return home for lunch, and then again in the late afternoon once classes are done, I hear my mom’s voice. Hwai hakseng be tsia lo. Bang heh lo.

Summer at Tiffany’s

Though high school only just ended, it feels like the door hasn’t fully shut.