Current EventS:

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network presents a collective of writers and artists elucidating the Vietnamese “feminine”—as touched by war, history, heritage, mythology, and personal experience. This reading gathers the voices and experiences of female descendants and inheritors of the Vietnam War and its refugee exodus.

July 27th and July 28

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center


27 June, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen

American Library in Paris  |  10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks about his Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel The Sympathizer, and his new short story collection The Refugees, which has a poignant dedication: “For all refugees, everywhere.” Nguyen’s stunning first novel about a spy with dual loyalties to country and himself is profound and beautifully crafted. The particular sorrow of exile and the chance of a better life in another place are themes found in both books. NPR praises The Refugees as “an urgent, won-derful collection that proves that fiction can be more than mere storytelling—it can bear witness to the lives of people who can’t afford to forget.” 

27 May, 2017 

 She Who Has No Master(s) in Paris

American Library in Paris  |  10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France

The Library is pleased to present a collective reading and presentation called "She Who Has No Master(s)" showcasing nine women writers of Vietnamese descent, now located in the U.S., Canada and France, who will come together and read from a collective project exploring themes such as displacement, silence, memory and trauma, repercussions of war and colonialism. The writing collective consists of acclaimed and award-winning authors and academics encompassing a range of literary disciplines, including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, performance, and criticism.

October 17, 2015

DVAN at LitCrawl2015

DVAN at LitCrawl2015

In 2015, Dao Strom wrote a mission for a new writers collective of women exploring and pushing the edges of the Vietnamese feminine, a project emergent after we collaborated with Isabelle Thuy Pelaud on a triptych film with a similar concept. After holding a dinnertime salon several months ago, our writers collective She Who Has No Master(s) had our first public reading last night, during LitCrawl, a literary pub crawl extravaganza of LitQuake festival in SF. We shared powerful work with a wide range of tone and genre that reflected the depth and complexity of the Vietnamese feminine, with pieces set in both Viet Nam and the United States. --Julie Thi Underhill


She Who has No Master(s), a collective of writers elucidating the Vietnamese "feminine" as touched by war, history, heritage, mythology, and personal experience.

Featuring: Thao P. Nguyen, Julie Thi Underhill, Bich Minh Nguyen, Aimee Phan, Dao Storm, Angie Chau