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August 22, 2019

When writers of color share their work, their ethnic background is often taken into consideration; however, individuals are complex and contain a myriad of experiences and identities outside of their ethnicity.

Chrysanthemum Tran is a Vietnamese American poet and the f...

August 22, 2019

Episode: 9

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

Welcome to Chopsticks Alley's History, Myths, and Legends Podcast Series. In this episode, we explore a classic Vietnamese tale. If you grew up in a Vietnam the...

June 20, 2019

Chopsticks Alley Podcast Episode 8:

An Interview With Spoken Word Poet Kristina Robertson

Hosts: Jennifer Tran & Trami Cron

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

Producer: Chopsticks Alley
Guest: Kristina Robertson
Edited by: Jennifer Tran

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January 27, 2019

Here are some photos I have kept for more than thirty years. Taken on the island of Pulau Bidong, Malaysia, the photos show Vietnamese refugees on the first day of the Lunar New Year (February 17, 1988). It was on this island that more than 300,000 people landed after...

November 20, 2018

The success of blockbuster movies, such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” with its accurate and holistic representation of people of color, is inspiring a movement among youths, many of whom are actively voicing their support for representation in all media o...

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...

August 10, 2017

As someone who is coming from a mixed ethnic background, my aspiration for diversity through culture and community shapes my appreciation for Asian literature. When given the opportunity to analyze and study Vietnamese literature, I became fully aware that this is an a...

May 1, 2017

This edited article is from Loa, an independent news website and podcast broadcasting stories about Vietnam, and is republished on Chopsticks Alley as part of a content-sharing agreement.

By Giang Nguyễn

Published November 2, 2015;

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