In the Diaspora: January 2021

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to the Vietnamese diaspora and to Việt Nam.

Book Review: Vietnam by Max Hastings

"Touted as a soldier’s book for soldiers, 'Vietnam' delivers strong military storytelling with narratives focused at the grassroots level while also bringing the stories of people at ground zero from all sides of the Vietnam conflict to light in all of its grueling, limb-wrenching, and heart-breaking detail."

Tranquility: Trang T. Lê in Conversation with Isabelle Thuy Pelaud

"With every painting, I struggle. I struggle with the composition and color, like how I struggle with life.  As I am working on it, through it, I heal."

Bug Meat For The Girls ~ a story by Teline Trần

I will take you home, bug. I will put a pot of water on the stove. I think you will feel fear and suffering, but your body will not be broken until after you die. According to our people, that makes you special.

Editor’s Note: Winter / Light

And through it all, we continue to build. We build communities, we make art, we tell stories. Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diasporic culture makers continue to work. We work because what we make is important.

In the Diaspora: December 2020

Socio-cultural, literary, and political news and events relating to the Vietnamese diaspora and to Việt Nam.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Con Ăn Bạn Bè Chưa?

Bạn Bè is an homage to friendships, my family who are my best friends, my community, and my future pals I’ll make along the way as I continue to spread Việt love by way of not-too-sweet sweets here in New York City, and beyond.

Book Review: The Empress of Salt and Fortune

It never stops delighting me to see an East Asian-inspired fantasy work—especially when it comes in a package as tightly woven as The Empress of Salt and Fortune.

Vietnamese & SE Asian American Writers: Call for Manuscripts

DVAN is excited to announce the launch of a new literary publishing series in partnership with Texas Tech University Press to support talented Vietnamese and Southeast Asian American writers.

Jon Without an ‘H’ ~ a story by Andrew Tran

When I met Cara, I was at the bar and lounge on Thursday night, choking on a chunk of grilled cheese sandwich. Cara ran up behind me and performed the Heimlich maneuver, as I vomited on her purse, cheese staining the stitching on the red leather. “You saved me,” I said, catching my breath.