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July 10, 2019

Amongst the innumerable books to be read and enjoyed, there are a few that shake our core, that cause us to question and savor our own stances and the experiences that shaped these viewpoints. Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is an exploration of concepts...

July 31, 2018

Many Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans are quite familiar with Vietnam’s literary classic, The Tale of Kiều by Nguyễn Du (1766–1820) in which the long narrative or epic poem has been shared throughout Vietnamese oral tradition. In many traditional oral stories, the n...

March 17, 2018

A Vietnamese American poet, Ocean Vương’s phenomenal achievement of winning the Forward prize, Whiting award, and the Thom Gunn award, including his recent accomplishment TS Eliot prize from his work Night Sky with Exit Wounds, has brought tremendous praise and attenti...

March 11, 2018

When we think of language and its written form, it goes through many changes and processes over time due to societal pressures of colonialism and imperialism. Language works as a marker to transcend its origin point and becomes a symbolic meaning to change with purpose...

March 9, 2018

Thi Bùi’s graphic novel, The Best We Could Do, offers an illustrative perspective that reflects on the gap between first and second generations of Vietnamese Americans. Bùi questions the distance that she has with her parents in which her reflections delve into the tra...

January 6, 2018

Reading multicultural children’s literature, whether in teaching to curriculum or reading at home, allows for a progressive approach for a child’s learning development by exploring the importance of diversity. Integrating elements of bilingual education through a const...

November 10, 2017

With intense and raw emotions, Lily Hoang transforms her work, A Bestiary, through the contemporary form of writing, using non-fictional experiences and fairy tales. The revival of fairy tales and myths adds to the multitude of diverse perspectives, which challenges th...

September 2, 2016

Last month, Trami and I grabbed coffee and discussed her debut novel, released in July. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation.

Kim Huynh (K): In VietnamEazy, your main character struggles to find both acceptance in American culture and approval from...

September 1, 2016

The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul B...

Like Viet Thanh Nguyen’s acclaimed The Sympathizer, VietnamEazy captures with startling honesty and detail the dizzying dislocation that so many Vietnamese arrivals in the United States have experienced and, like Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club, explores the age-old myster...

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