The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) celebrates and fosters diasporic Vietnamese literary voices. DVAN promotes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower Vietnamese artists in the diaspora to inspire understanding and dialogue within our community, and with others. Our complex and diverse stories must be championed and passed on to current and future generations. We are refugees, immigrants, survivors, and descendants, and our stories must be heard.
Here at DVAN, we Empower, Engage, and Educate our four constituents:
- The Creators: We nurture writers and artists in the development of their creative careers by offering material resources and professional support to help facilitate their visibility and sense of belonging.
- The Community: We connect creators and their work to the community in the U.S. and to the broader diasporic Vietnamese community in Australia, Canada, France and Vietnam by reading, building, and healing together.
- The Society at Large: We challenge an American society and culture marked by racial, gender, and class discrimination by showcasing the complexities of diasporic Vietnamese creators, and by extension of the community itself.
- The Next Generation: We support young diasporic artists and activists to build a future together by cultivating cultural spaces and platforms of intergenerational dialogue across the community.