Our Programs

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) currently runs five programs to offer supportive engagement for the process (the writers), production (the stories), and public dissemination (connection and community) of literary artwork by writers and artists of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora. Our programs are as follows:

i) Public Events

DVAN organizes and sponsors public events of various sizes in different countries to enhance the visibility of Vietnamese writers and to promote dialogues worldwide. Our events showcase established, prize-winning authors and emerging voices.

ii) Publications

Through nurturing Vietnamese diasporic writers, artists and readers, DVAN reshapes how Vietnamese people are perceived and builds an international, diasporic community of artists in conversation with Vietnamese in Vietnam and with other diasporic communities at large.

iii) diaCRITICS

DVAN’s bi-weekly blog diaCRITICS has a global reach and publishes about 100 stories per year, with the intention of showcasing artists, writers, events, and cultural activities on all shores of the diaspora, including stories from the U.S., Australia, Europe, Vietnam, and other places. With more than 900 online subscribers and a growing team of contributing editors and writers, we serve as a hub for sharing and increasing visibility for contemporary arts and literature of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diasporas.

iv) She Who Has No Master(s)

This collective was formed out of the recognition that as women and gender-nonconforming writers with roots from Vietnam, we do not always receive support from family, community, and society that is needed. In dominant cultural narratives, ours are the voices most often silent/silenced, underrepresented, overlooked, and at times erased, or appropriated. In this space we seek to break this mold. We create spaces where we can hear one another, forge community via collaboration; and write and present our art on our own terms.

v) Residencies / Resources for Writers

Currently, DVAN provides valuable support to writers (emerging and established) through our partnership with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, through which we offer one short-term group or project residency, and one month-long writing residency for an emerging writer, annually. The beautiful Djerassi Artists Residency is housed in the Palo Alto Mountains. Lodging, meals, and transportation costs to/from the residency location are covered.

DVAN core members at Djerassi Residency, with donors and friends of DVAN, June 2016.

DVAN core members at Djerassi Residency, with donors and friends of DVAN, June 2016.

Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) is part of the incubator program at Intersection for the Arts, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.