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Opening celebration of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network Center, featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thi Bui, and others tba
March 3, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PSTFree
Join us for this special Tuesday evening event celebrating the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network—directed by Isabelle Pelaud, writer and professor of Asian American Studies at SF State. Special guests will be DVAN co-founder and Pulitzer Prize novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Thi Bui, author of the celebrated graphic ‘novel’ The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir. They will be joined by Isabelle Pelaud (in conversation with DVAN co-founder Viet Thanh Nguyen), She Who Has No Master(s) with Lan Duong, Aimee Phan and Julie Thi Underhill, and by Danny Nguyen—with emcee Philip Nguyen.
Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, this event is co-sponsored by DVAN, The Poetry Center, Vietnamese Students Association, SFSU Department of Asian American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, and ASPIRE, and is free and open to the public.
“Refugee to Detainee” presentation: Thi Bui (author of The Best We Could Do)
Discussion with DVAN co-directors: Viet Thanh Nguyen (Pulitzer Prize for The Sympathiser) & Isabelle Thuy Pelaud (Professor in Asian American Studies)
Poetry reading: She Who Has No Master(s) with Lan Duong, Aimee Phan, and Julie Thi Underhill
A musical essay: Danny Nguyen
Emcee: Philip Nguyen
DVAN: Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network
Living in Dreams: Isabelle Thuy Pelaud In Conversation with Vi Khi Nao (Feb. 7, 2019)
Thi Bui with Lauren Markham, One City One Book interview at the San Francisco Public Library (video, posted Oct 29, 2018)
Paul Beatty in Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen (Fall 2017)