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A Relation To Infinity

"Last summer when my grandma on my dad’s side passed, my parents attended the funeral in Saigon. They burned a piece for me. They conjured me. I was transported to them, made present by a flame."

Making Meaning: A Conversation with Artist Quynh Lam

"Further, the art is as much for the audience as it is for me, in that I alone do not get to decide what my art means."

102°f in California ~ a poem by Au-Co Tran

saigon came back to me in waves/fans blasting on max, slicing hot air

A Surveillance: Review of Quynh Lam’s “I Am Not a Spy”

I Am Not a Spy is a claustrophobic performance. The audience is locked out of the gallery but can watch her either through the...

Some Things Are Unforgettable ~ a poem by Alixen Pham

Read Alixen Pham's poem and listen to her recitation.

Languaged: “Bite the Tongue” Online Exhibit

Bite the tongue is an online programme investigating notions of language and translation (or absence thereof) in the context of Southeast Asia.

Drum Majors: James Nguyen & Victoria Pham on RE:SOUNDING

RE:SOUNDING is also a subversion of what James calls their “white inheritance”. Like many from diasporic communities who have grown up in Australia, the worldview in which they’re embedded, the one they’re taught at school and university, considers non- Western cultures to be flat, one-dimensional and removed from contemporary society. The result is a physical and spiritual disconnection from their own cultural heritage.

double edge soliloquy ~ a poem by Kaitlan Bui

they used to recount stories but
just when i became old enough
they stopped i don’t know why
and now i ask i ask i

Art & Hip Hop: Táo’s Latest EP, “Y?”

With "Y?", Táo introduces his audience to a part of the Vietnamese contemporary independent art scene made up of diverse voices from many parts of society, while mainstream culture presents the status quo.