this is for mẹ

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.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Thanksgiving for Living Grace

Lynn Nguyen Boland shares a poetic homily to her mother, meditating on memories of mothering and the complexities of belonging, heritage, language and home.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Sweet Sweats

Somewhere between this love-hate-consume-inserting dynamics, and somewhere between my coming of age, somewhere in my lung-full of drowsy cries, I defied the things I love. A reversion. The flip one must do to serve râu câu.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Blood Utterances

"Oh, sure. I mean, it isn’t very spacious, my womb. Always been a little too small. Suffocating, even."

THIS IS FOR MẸ: Hope & Humour with Malaka Gharib

I like making really tiny zines and the challenge of trying to express big ideas like love, loss and heartbreak with very few words, images and pages. It feels like I am writing a haiku or a poem, or trying to work through a puzzle.

THIS IS FOR MẸ: The Birth of Vietnamese Londoners

I want the British Vietnamese identity to own both identities and values with more ease and less burden than our parents' generation faced.  I would like more British Vietnamese folks to really own who they are and be fearless in that.