Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Viet Thanh Nguyen shares a conversation with Phuc Tran about his new book Sigh, Gone for this installment of Accented by DVAN.

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) presents the debut of ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora, a monthly DVAN virtual series of programs that will feature a variety of writers, poets, artists, actors, filmmakers, scholars, and other cultural producers from the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora. DVAN is excited to inaugurate this series in order to recognize the longstanding works by, on, and for refugees, immigrants, and migrants.

Hosted by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, with co-host appearances by the She Who Has No Master(s) Collective, guests will engage in virtual conversations and discussions regarding their work, their stories, and their communities, with live Q&A sessions following each event.

DVAN is partnering with Eastwind Books of Berkeley for all book sales and shipping, and books from featured authors will be available on for a discounted price.

For this event, the first 100 tickets reserved will be free – first-come, first-served. General admission for the virtual event is $5. All funds raised for ACCENTED will go towards supporting DVAN’s mission to promote voices and stories of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora and connect them to diasporic communities all over the globe.

In this installation of ACCENTED, Phuc Tran will discuss his new book: SIGH, GONE: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In. Here, Phuc Tran offers “a refugee story of the most modern kind” (Jaed Coffin) and a piercingly profound look at race and the challenges of assimilation into American life. Full of hilarity and heartbreak, SIGH, GONE released April 21st, 2020, just days before the 45th anniversary of The Fall of Saigon, and with it, Phuc will join celebrated Vietnamese-American authors like Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ocean Vuong as a bold, important new voice in refugee literature.

About the Author:

Phuc Tran has been a high school Latin teacher for more than twenty years while also simultaneously establishing himself as a highly sought-after tattooer in the Northeast. Tran graduated Bard College in 1995 with a BA in Classics and received the Callanan Classics Prize. He taught Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit in New York at the Collegiate School and was an instructor at Brooklyn College’s Summer Latin Institute. Most recently, he taught Latin, Greek, and German at the Waynflete School in Portland, Maine.For more information about the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) please visit our website at or follow us on Instagram at @weare_dvan

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