the diaCRITICS

Here’s the roster of diaCRITICS. Think you have what it takes to be a diaCRITIC? Let the managing editors Julie or Viet know and tell them what makes you a good diaCRITIC. We want diaCRITICS all over the world, writing about everything.

Anhvu Buchanan is a San Francisco-based poet with an MFA from San Francisco State University.  He co-curates The Living Room Reading Series ( and collects wonderful internet findings and blogs them.

Ashley Carruthersis a cultural anthropologist who lectures in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology at the Australian National University. He is interested in issues of identity and homeland among Vietnamese diasporic communities in Australia and elsewhere. He also takes a lively interest in the arts scene in Vietnam and the diaspora.

Nguyen Qui Duc is a journalist, traveler, and author of the memoirWhere The Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family. He is also owner of Tadioto, an alternative space in Hanoi for the arts where he organizes exhibitions, screenings, readings, experimental music concerts, discussions and forums.

Thuy Vo Dang earned her doctorate in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. She is working on a book examining Vietnamese American anticommunism. Her writing has been published in Amerasia Journal, Le Vietnam au Feminin/Vietnam: Women’s Realities, and Nha Magazine.

Dan Duffy is the North Carolina-based editor of the Viet Nam Literature Project, including Viet Nam Literature Comics, publisher of Wikivietlit, and convenor of the Viet Nam Literature Seminar.

Jade Hidle is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at UC San Diego. She aims to write her dissertation on Vietnamese-American literature, with a focus on how narrative structures map struggles of the body–miscegenation, disfigurement, skin color–and identity.

Khanh Ho is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. He is currently working on a scholarly book reassessing spirituality in Asian American literature. Before his career in academia and for a brief, glorious period of three years, he traveled those parts of the world that could best be enjoyed on a budget and a backpack.

Kim-An Lieberman hails mostly from Seattle and holds a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Vietnamese American literature, from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Breaking the Map: Poems. More info at her website.

Bảo Nguyễn is a scientist at the brain, a teacher at the heart, and a kid at the gut.  The only job requirement that has ever resonated with him was: Must be comfortable acting silly, explaining the world to young children and genuinely care about kids. He is a managing editor for diaCRITICS.

Catherine H. Nguyen was born and raised in Southern California, is based in LA, but has studied in Viet Nam and all around France. A doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA, Catherine envisions her dissertation as an examination of memory in Anglophone and Francophone diasporic Vietnamese works. She is a managing editor for diaCRITICS.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Los Angeles-based professor, teacher, critic and fiction writer, author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and numerous short stories in Best New American Voices, TriQuarterly, Narrative and other magazines. He is the editor of diaCRITICS. More info here.

Erin O’Brien Bio pending

Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam and raised in Wisconsin. He lives in Madison, WI and is completing his dissertation on literature and the politics of reconciliation after the Vietnam War. A former Thomas J. Watson Fellow, this fall he will join the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dao Strom is the Oregon-based author of the the novel Grass Roof, Tin Roof and the short story collection The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys. She is also a musician with two albums, Everything that Blooms Wrecks Me and Send Me Home. More info here.

Nora Taylor is a Chicago-based art historian of modern and contemporary Vietnamese art and professor of Southeast Asian Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is author of Painters in Hanoi (Hawaii 2004 and NUS 2009) as well as numerous articles on Vietnamese art.

Michelle Ton is a Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow in the Department of Film, Television, and Digital Media at UCLA. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Lien Truong lives and works in Northern California, where she teaches painting and drawing at Humboldt State University. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous venues, including The National Portrait Gallery, Galerie Quynh Contemporary Art and Southern Exposure.  More info here.

Julie Thi Underhill is an artist, photographer, filmmaker, writer, and historian. Her poetry, essays, and oral histories have been published in Takin’ It to the Streets: A Sixties Reader (2004), Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace (2006), Embodying Asian/American Sexualities (2009), and New America Media (2010). She is currently a doctoral candidate in UC Berkeley’s department of ethnic studies, where she specializes in Cham studies, diasporic studies, Asian American film/video, Asian American history, and transnational feminisms. She is a managing editor for diaCRITICS.

Chương-Đài Võ is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her book project, An Assemblage of Fragments: Ethics and Aesthetics in Vietnamese Transnationalism examines the reconfiguration of the literary and the rise of the visual in Vietnam and in the diaspora. The book analyzes the possibilities of mobility and inheritance in the production, financing and distribution of literature, films and visual art in Vietnam and in their transnational circulations.

Cam Vu earned her doctorate in American Studies and Ethnicity at USC where she focused on cultural work in the Vietnamese diaspora.  Her book project focuses on affects in diasporic communities. Among other things, she loves to write about food.

Finally, we want to acknowledge the first person we know of to call himself a diacritic, the artist Richard Streitmatter-Tran. Check out his great site, which is about “Art Culture Media Criticism” from “Southeast Asia and Beyond.”