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ACCENTED | Nobody Ever Dies featuring Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

August 27, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT


Viet Thanh Nguyen will host a conversation featuring Thao Nguyen from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down for ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) presents ACCENTED, a virtual series of programs that will feature a variety of writers, poets, artists, actors, filmmakers, scholars, and other cultural producers from the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora.

Hosted by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, with co-host appearances by the She Who Has No Master(s) Collective, guests will engage in virtual conversations and discussions regarding their work, their stories, and their communities, with live Q&A sessions following each event.

This installation of ACCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora show will be Thursday, August 27th at 7:30 pm, hosted by Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, and will feature musician, songwriter, and producer Thao Nguyen, leader of the rock band Thao and The Get Down Stay Down. Thao has toured nationally and internationally for over 15 years, and her latest album Temple was released in May on Ribbon Music. She recently performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert and one of her most recent music videos for Phenom, plays on the familiar format of being on a Zoom video call. She also produced the documentary Nobody Dies, about her trip to Vietnam with her mother in 2015, 20 years after the normalization of relations between the United States and Vietnam, as a first-person storytelling of her experience as a daughter of Vietnamese refugees returning to a long lost homeland.

About the Guests:
Thao Nguyen is a musician, songwriter and producer. She is the leader of the rock band Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and has toured nationally and internationally for over 15 years. Her latest album Temple was released in May on Ribbon Music. Visit https://www.thaoandthegetdownstaydown.com/ for more information.

About the Host:
Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of The Sympathizer, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, The Refugees, and Race and Resistance: Literature, Politics and Asian America. His most recent book was Chicken of the Sea, done with his son Ellison. His next book is The Committed, the sequel to The Sympathizer.

DVAN is partnering with Eastwind Books of Berkeley for all book sales and shipping, and books from featured authors will be available on https://asiabookcenter.com for a discounted price.

All funds raised for ACCENTED will go towards supporting DVAN’s mission to promote voices and stories of the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora and connect them to diasporic communities all over the globe.

This program is sponsored by the DVAN@SFSU Project of the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.
For more information about the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) please visit our website at https://dvan.org or follow us on Instagram (@weare_dvan)

DVAN believes that the stories, imaginaries, and poetics of a thriving Vietnamese diaspora can unite our global community. Our mission is to celebrate and foster diasporic Vietnamese voices. DVAN presents nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower Vietnamese artists in the diaspora and to promote understanding and dialogue within our community, and with others. Our complex and diverse stories must be championed and passed on to current and future generations. We are refugees, immigrants, survivors, and descendants, and our stories must be heard.


August 27, 2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
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Eastwind Books
(510) 548-2350
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