Writing & Womanhood: Family, Feminism, and Personal Narratives

Join us for an empowering evening with Vietnamese American authors Lan Duong and Christina Vo as they delve into the intricate tapestry of writing, family, identity, and girl/womanhood. This captivating event will feature discussions on Duong’s vivid debut poetry collection, Nothing Follows, and Vo’s introspective memoir, The Veil Between Two Worlds: A Memoir of Silence, Loss, and Finding Home, both exploring the complexities of Vietnamese American experiences.

Lan Duong’s Nothing Follows traces the emotional and political journey of a refugee girlhood marked by brutality, joy, and longing. Her powerful narrative weaves together memoir and poetry, providing a raw and honest account of her family’s resettlement in the United States amidst racism, objectification, and sexual violence.

Christina Vo’s memoir, The Veil Between Two Worlds: A Memoir of Silence, Loss, and Finding Home, is a deeply reflective and ultimately joyful exploration of her quest for self-discovery, healing, and the concept of “home.” Embarking on a transformative road trip with a close friend, Vo delves into her past relationships, her evolving understanding of her parents, and the early loss of her mother. She reconciles her past and present, while lifting the veil between the physical and spiritual realms.

Together, these authors will lead an engaging conversation centered around feminist perspectives on the resilience, strength, and determination of Vietnamese American women. Don’t miss this unforgettable evening to delve into storytelling and connection, celebrating the power of the female spirit.


Lan P. Duong is Associate Professor in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism (Temple University Press, 2012). Duong’s creative works have appeared in Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose, Bold Words: Asian American Writing to Span the Centuries, Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, and Crab Orchard Review.

Christina Vo is a writer who previously worked for international organizations in Vietnam and Switzerland, including UNICEF and the World Economic Forum, respectively. She also ran a floral design business in San Francisco, as well as worked as a donor relations writer for the University of California, San Francisco. Christina is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently rides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Veil Between Two Worlds, which will be published in April 2023, is her first book.


This event is co-sponsored by the San Francisco Public Library, Eastwind Books of Berkeley, Manny’s and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network.


May. 4th, 2023


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: Asia/Singapore
  • Date: May. 5th, 2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am




3092 16th Street San Francisco, CA 94103