Our Mission

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) believes that the stories and aesthetics of a thriving Vietnamese diaspora can unite our global community. Our mission is to celebrate and foster diasporic Vietnamese literary voices. DVAN presents nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower Vietnamese artists in the diaspora and to promote 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.

Why is DVAN’s Work Important?

Through our work of promoting Vietnamese diasporic literature:

  • We celebrate the joy & pride of creating art in today’s modern world.
  • We resist racist stereotypes linked to colonialism and war.
  • We foster a sense of belonging for upcoming generations.
  • We expand the audience for Vietnamese stories and visions to the wider public.

We Believe

  • Solidarity with Black, Indigenous, people of color, and those with a shared history of war and colonization is necessary.
  • More important than giving “voice to the voiceless” is the abolition of all conditions of voicelessness.
  • Dialogues and collaborations between diasporic Vietnamese writers/artists are important to our communities and to society at large.
  • Like all countries, Vietnam is a country—not a war.
  • Like all identities, diasporic Vietnamese identities are diverse, complex, and fluid.
  • Like all writers, Vietnamese writers in the diaspora have the right to express themselves on their own terms.
  • Narrative plenitude – a wide range of voices, perspectives, stylistic approaches and all types of stories (even those not explicitly dealing with “Vietnamese” or “diasporic” topics) – is vital and necessary in order to make evident the complexities within our communities.
  • In coming together as a group across national boundaries we have the potential to bring forth new ideas about identity and citizenship.

How We Work

Our programs support:

  • The Writers: We nurture writers and artists in the development and creative stages of their careers by offering concrete support (residencies, mentorship) and fluid/indirect support (literary resources, networking opportunities).
  • The Stories: By inviting writers/artists to participate in public events, community and education-oriented activities, and to publish in our online journal/blog diaCRITICS, as well in other various publishing initiatives, as we provide communication outlets to promote the stories and art that our writers and artists create.
  • The Community: Through our seven programs, we connect stories and writers to a local, national, and international Vietnamese diasporic community, to Vietnamese in Vietnam, as well as to non-Vietnamese globally.

Read an overview of our programs.