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Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN)

Founded in 2007

Awards

2018 Art and Culture Award

Presented to diaCRITICS by the San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee.
In recognition of the publication’s mission to support stories from the Vietnamese diaspora. These efforts have personalized the understanding of the diversity, complexities and experiences of the Vietnamese and other Southeast Asian communities. diaCRITICS is an arts and culture blog of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). May 2018.

2015 Bronze Book Award

from the Association for Borderlands Studies
Troubling Borders: Anthology of Literature and Art by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, Mariam Lam and Kathy Nguyen Eds. Washington University Press, 2014.

2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Troubling Borders: Anthology of Literature and Art by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, Mariam Lam and Kathy Nguyen Eds. Washington University Press, 2014.

2013 San Francisco-Ho Chi Minh City Sister City Committee Award

In recognition of DVAN promotion of performing and non-performing artists from around the world from the Vietnamese diaspora, May 2013.

Publications

Books

Troubling Borders: Anthology of Literature and Art by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora showcasing the creative writing and visual artworks by 61 women of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Filipino ancestry. Curated and edited by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, Mariam Lam and Kathy Nguyen. Published by the Washington University Press in 2014. Recipient of the 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic title, Bronze Book Award 2015 from the Association for Borderlands Studies.

Troubling Borders Book cover

Dialogues Across Borders: Diasporic Vietnamese Writers, a book that gathers dialogues and transcripts of DVAN panel discussions between thirty Vietnamese writers of the diaspora. Edited by Viet Thanh Nguyen, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, and Lan Duong. In progress (in conversation with UC Press).

Peer Reviewed Journals

“Serve the People! Asian American Studies @ 50:Empowerment and Critical Community Service Learning at San Francisco State University” in AAPI Nexus: Asian Americans Pacific Islanders Policy, Practice and Community. AAPI Nexus, Fall 2018, DVAN section by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud and Philip Nguyen.

« What is Vietnamese American literature? » in Looking Back on the Vietnam War, Rutgers University Press, 2016, by Viet Thang Nguyen.

“Vietnamese Literature in the Diaspora” in The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature, Cambridge University Press; 2016, by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud and Anh Thang Dao.

“Le Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN): Tisser un reseau autour de l’art dans la diaspora Vietnamienne” in Arts Du Vietnam: Nouvelles Approches, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, July 20, 2015, by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.

“Vietnamese American Art and Community Politics: An Engaged Feminist Perspective.” in Journal of Asian American Studies,
John Hopkins University Press, Oct. 17, 2014, by Lan Duong and Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.

Creative Works

“From My Mother I Inherited”
A Multi-Voice Poem by She Who Has No Master(s), BOMB Magazine, May 31, 2017. By Angie Chau, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Aimee Phan, Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, Julie Thi Underhill.

“Love/Object/Treason”
A Multi-Voice Poem by She Who Has No Master(s), AJAR Journal, Issue 5: Song Song Parallel, October 2017. By Angie Chau, Lan Duong, Anna Moi, Hoa Nguyen, Thao P. Nguyen, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Aimee Phan, Dao Strom, Julie Thi Underhill.

Blog

diaCRITICS
A weekly online publication that showcases art, literature and stories by writers, artists and culture-makers of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora, on and from all shores. Publishes two stories per week (~100 stories annually).

“DVAN in France”, in The Critical Refugee Studies Collective, 2020, by Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.

“Vietnamese and Vietnamese American Lit: A Primer from Viet Thanh Nguyen”, in Literary Hub, 2017, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Public Events

An-My Lê presenting at a DVAN event at SF State University, Feb 2019.
An-My Lê presenting at a DVAN event at SF State University, Feb 2019.
  • March 28, 2019: Associated Writing Programs Conference 2019, Portland, OR, Panel Discussion: “Vietnam Is A 7-Letter Word.”
  • March 23, 2019: “A Discussion Among Writers”, People’s Forum, New York. Panel Discussion. Co-presented with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Poets & Writers.
  • January 13, 2019: Tender Table with She Who Has No Master(s), San Jose Museum of Art
    Storytelling & Food Event. In collaboration with the San Jose Museum of Arts & the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.
  • October 20, 2018: LitCrawl, San Francisco, Reading: Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network Presents She Who Has No Master(s).
  • July 27, 2017: Asian American Literature Festival, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Washington, DC. Reading and Panel Discussion: “Vietnamese Diasporic Literature Today”, “DVAN Graphic Narrative + Art Book Panel Talk.”
  • May 27, 2017: The American Library in Paris, France, Reading: An Afternoon with Eight Vietnamese Women Writers / She Who Has No Master(s).
  • September 1- October 15, 2016: Love In the Time of War, SF Camerawork Art Exhibit, Curated by: Việt Lê and Jennifer Vanderpool.
  • June 4, 2016: Bay Area Book Festival, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Berkeley. Reading: She Who Has No Master(s).
  • May 28, 2016: Inheritors: She Who Has No Master(s), Likewise Art Bar, Portland, Oregon
    Reading and Writing Retreat.
  • November 20-22, 2015: SF International Southeast Asian Film Festival, New Cinema. Film: Ways of Seeing: People and Places of Southeast Asia, Curator: Viet Le. Presented by: Ina Adele Ray, Stephen Gong, Bryan Thao Worra.
  • March 1, 2015: Tet Festival, History Park, San Jose, CA, Reading: Passport to Vietnam: Celebrating 40 years of Vietnamese-American Accomplishments
  • April 28, 2014: Fourth SF Vietnamese American Poetry Festival, African American Art & Culture Complex, Poetry Readings. Curators: Aimee Phan and Anh Thang Dao.
  • April 26-28, 2013: SF Global Vietnamese Film Festival, Roxie Theater, Film Festival, Poetry Readings, and Gala Opening. Curator: Julie Thi Underhill.
  • May 2-25, 2013: She Who Has No Master, Film/Exhibit, SOMArts Cultural Center Group Art Exhibit: UnderCurrents & the Quest for Space
  • Summers 2012 – 2013: Youth Summer Arts Program, Tenderloin Art and Poetry Program for Underprivileged Youth. Directors: Khoi Nguyen and Yuki Obayashi.
  • April 28, 2012: Third SF Vietnamese American Poetry and Art Festival, African American Art and Culture Complex, Readings. Curator: Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.
  • April 27, 2012: California and Beyond: Conversations with Vietnamese-American Artists, Filmmakers, & Writers, Stanford Humanities Center, Readings, Panel Discussions. Curator: Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.
  • June 30-October 7, 2012: Troubling Borders: Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora Art Exhibit, UC Riverside, Art Exhibit. Curators: Lan Duong, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.
  • September 15, 2012: Vietnamese American Poets & Artists, Ao Dai Festival, San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Reading: Trùng Dương: The Convergence of Rivers. Curator: Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.
  • April 23-25, 2011: San Francisco Diaspora Vietnamese Film Festival, Coppola Theater, SFSU Film Festival: 11 Various Films and Performances. Curator: Lan Duong. Organizer: Isabelle Thuy Pelaud.
  • April 14, 2011: Beyond the War: Vietnamese American Film and Literature Envision a New Homeland, Smithsonian Institution. Reading and Panel Discussion. Curator: Lawrence Minh Bui.
  • Spring 2011: San Francisco Vietnamese Poetry & Art Festival, African American Art and Culture Complex. Reading. Curator: Isabelle Thuy Pelaud
  • April 2010: Outspoken: Vietnamese Poets of the Diaspora II. Literary Festival. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.
  • November 2008: SF Vietnamese Poetry Festival of the Diaspora. First DVAN Literary Festival. Fort Mason Center, San Francisco.

Press

Grants

  • Surdna Foundation Grant, 2019-2020
  • SF Arts Commission (SFAC), Fiscally Sponsored Organization Grant, 2018
  • Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC), SF, 2017
  • SF Arts Commission Organization Project Grant, Spring 2015
  • Scholarship Fund & Center for the Encouragement of Self-Reliance, Fall 2013
  • OneVietnam, 2013
  • Poets & Writers, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • HAAS Grant, Spring 2012
  • Zellerbach Foundation, 2010, 2011, 2012

Residencies

DVAN Emerging Writer Residency (Jun 2019)

In partnership with Djerassi Resident Artists Program. One-month solo artist residency for an up-and-coming Vietnamese diasporic writer, awarded in 2019 to Hieu Minh Nguyen, poet/author of Not Here.

She Who Has No Master(s) Writers Residency (Jan 2019)

In partnership with Djerassi Resident Artists Program, CA. A group residency for 12 women writers of the diaspora. Writers: Thi Bui, Angie Chau, Lan Duong, Vi Khi Nao, Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Beth Nguyen, Thao P. Nguyen, Aimee Phan, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, Julie Thi Underhill.

She Who Has No Master(s) writing collective group residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Jan 2019.
She Who Has No Master(s) writing collective group residency at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Jan 2019.

Dialogues Across Borders Writers Residency (Jun 2018)

In partnership with Djerassi Resident Artists Program, CA. Writers: Thi Bui (Berkeley, USA), Lan Duong (Los Angeles), Nam Le (Australia), Anna Moi (Paris, France), Aimee Phan (Berkeley, USA), Bao Phi (Minneapolis, USA), Hoa Nguyen (Toronto, Canada), Nguyen Phan Que Mai (Indonesia), Viet Thanh Nguyen (Los Angeles, USA), Dao Strom (Oregon, USA), Monique Truong (Brooklyn, USA), ; Moderators: Anh Thang Dao (SF), Isabelle Thuy Pelaud (SF).

She Who Has No Master(s) Writing Retreat (May 2017)

Corsica, France (private residence). Writers: Anna Moi (Paris), Angie Chau (SF), Lan Duong (Los Angeles), Hoa Nguyen (Toronto), Thao P. Nguyen (SF), Isabelle Pelaud (SF), Aimee Phan (SF), Dao Strom (Portland OR), Julie Thi Underhill (SF).

She Who Has No Master(s) First Residency (May 2017)

Portland/Manzanita, Oregon. Writers: Angie Chau (SF), Dao Strom (Portland OR), Isabelle Thuy Pelaud (SF), Julie Thi Underhill (Berkeley), Stacey Tran (Portland OR).

Engagement

A partial list of some of the writers we have presented at events and/or supported via residencies, publications, or other activities.

Amy Quan Barry, Anhvu Buchanan, Doan Bui, Thi Bui, Quang Chanh, Angie Chau, Cathy Linh Che, Binh Danh, Linh Dinh, Nguyen Do, Lan Duong, Pham Thi Hoai, Matt Huynh, Violet Kupersmith, Thanhhà Lại, Andrew Lam, Mong-Lan, Nam Le, Kim-An Lieberman, Susan Lieu, Do Nguyen Mai, Trinh Mai, Trinh T. Minh-Ha, Anna Moi, Vi Khi Nao, Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Beth Nguyen, Bich Minh Nguyen, Christine Nguyen, Nguyen Qui Duc, Duy Nguyen, Haoi Huong Aubert Nguyen, Hieu Minh Nguyen, Hoa Nguyen, Kathy Nguyen, Khoi Nguyen, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Phong Nguyen, Sahra Vang Nguyen, Tammy Nguyen, Thao P. Nguyen, Vaan Nguyen, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Pham, Aimee Phan, Bao Phi, Abigail N. Rosewood, Dao Strom, Kim Thuy, lê thi diem thúy, Fong Tran, Lan Tran, Mark Tran, Stacey Tran, Truong Tran, Vu Tran, Monique Truong, Julie Thi Underhill, and Ocean Vuong

Links

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