DVAN published Troubling Borders featuring work by women of Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Thai and Filipina descent, as well as women from minority groups such as the ethnic Chinese and Indians in Southeast Asia, and the often stateless Mien, Hmong, and Cham in many regions of the world. There are hundreds of thousands of women of Southeast Asian descent in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, and other parts of the world. As an incredibly diverse group, our voices make visible the ruptures caused by colonization, wars, globalization, and militarization. Our stories are vital and varied. They provide a sharp contrast to normative narratives and ideologies that have historically been constructed by the West and the nation-states of Southeast Asia. Too often Southeast Asian women are represented as exotic sex symbols and dragon ladies, prostitutes and “bar girls” in movies and the media. By publishing these works and pushing the boundaries of literature and art, we want to demonstrate the global connections that bring such disparate groups of women together. We hope that this collection will inspire, empower and unify future generations of Southeast Asian women of the diaspora through the arts.

Troubling Borders... give[s] recognition to the voices of those who have been nearly invisible in academic and arts circles, as well as a testament to the courage of these women to share their experiences.
— Kriti Bajaj