Essays

Bui Thac Chuyen’s Choi Voi (Adrift)

I just saw Bui Thac Chuyen’s film Choi Voi (Adrift) at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Bui Thac Chuyen is the director of Song Trong…(read more)

Masticating Adrian Tomine

“Masticating Adrian Tomine” was originally published in American Book Review, volume 31, issue no. 1, page 12 (November/December 2009). “Where Are You Going, Where Have…(read more)

Remembering War, Dreaming Peace: On Cosmopolitanism, Compassion, and Literature

“Remembering War, Dreaming Peace: On Cosmopolitanism, Compassion, and Literature” was originally published in The Japanese Journal of American Studies, issue no. 20, pages 149 –…(read more)

Let’s Talk: On Art, Communism and Controversy

I’m proud to be a Vietnamese American, but on some days I’m sad to be one. This is one of those days, in the…(read more)

Multimedia as Composition: Research, Writing and Creativity

“Multimedia as Composition: Research, Writing and Creativity” was originally published in Academic Commons January 2009 issue, “The Difference that Inquiry Makes: A Collaborative Case Study on…(read more)

At Home With Race (On Omi and Winant’s Racial Formation in the United States)

“At Home With Race (On Omi and Winant’s Racial Formation in the United States)” was originally published in The Modern Language Association of America, volume…(read more)

Về Người Việt & Ngôn Ngữ (Vietnamese People and Language)

The question of what language to write in never occurred to me. The first words I ever spoke were Vietnamese, but coming to America…(read more)

Vietnam and the Art of Dinh Q. Lê

Published in conjunction with the exhibition originated by Bellevue Arts Museum, A Tapestry of Memories: The Art of Dinh Q. Lê is a fully…(read more)

Speak of the Dead, Speak of Viet Nam: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Minority Discourse

“Speak of the Dead, Speak of Viet Nam: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Minority Discourse” was originally published in CR: The Centennial Review, volume 6,…(read more)

Seeing Double: The Films of R. Hong-An Truong

“Seeing Double: The Films of R. Hong-An Truong” was originally published in Postmodern Culture, volume 17, issue no. 1 (September 2006).   For those whose image…(read more)

The Remasculinization of Chinese America: Race, Violence and the Novel

“The Remasculinization of Chinese America: Race, Violence and the Novel” was originally published in American Literary History, volume 12, issue no. 1 & 2, pages…(read more)

Representing Reconciliation: Le Ly Hayslip and the Victimized Body

“Representing Reconciliation: Le Ly Hayslip and the Victimized Body” was originally published in Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, volume 5, issue no. 2, pages 605…(read more)