Fall 2015: (Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

Table of Contents for (Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

Volume 6, Issue 2: Fall 2015


Guest Editors: Cathy J. Schlund-Vials & Sylvia Shin Huey Chong

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Cover image: We Live, by Phothyzan Bounpaul, 2013. Mixed media installation, dimensions variable.

Table of Contents



Curated by Mariam Lam

[web extra] Curator’s notes with portfolio preview


Eliza Barrios
          [visual art] manga sulat sa pader / writing on the wall

Yong Soon Min
          [visual art] Surfin the Cold War Camouflage
          [visual art] Eight in Nam
          [visual art] Copter Three
          [visual art] Fantasy Gay Image

Lan Cao
          [essay] The View from the Bottom: “No More Vietnams”

Hoi Trinh
          [documents] From Refugee Asylum Advocacy to Dissident Human Rights Struggle

Nick Ut
          [photographs] photographs

Soul Vang
          [poem] Minnesota in Winter
          [poem] Momentum
          [poem] The Forest Pool

Bryan Thao Worra
          [poem] Laotian Cartographies, Part I (Phantoms)
          [poem] A Semblance of Our Conversation, April 11th, 2010, Ceres, CA

Kao Kalia Yang
          [essay] 40 Years after the War, and the Fight Continues

Mai Der Vang
          [poem] Lima Site 20
          [poem] Dear Exile
          [poem] Final Dispatch From Laos
          [poem] Sojourn With Snow

Kosal Khiev
          [poem] Revolutionary
          [poem] Voices that Echo
          [poem] The Time is Now

Alexander Ratanapratum
          [poem] One After Another
          [poem] Elegies in Assimilation


[flipbook] 10 Maps, by Sylvia Shin Huey Chong



Curated by Võ Hồng Chương-Đài

[web extra] Curator’s notes with portfolio preview

*note: work is interwoven, page numbers refer to artists’ main statements


Nguyễn Quốc Chánh
          [visual art] ceramics

Phan Thảo-Nguyễn
          [visual art] video, installation & photographs

John Pirozzi
          [visual art] Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten

Pete Pin
          [visual art] photographs

Sovan Philong
          [visual art] photographs

Phothyzan Bounpaul
          [photography] installation & video

Vương Văn Thạo
          [visual art] sculpture

Frédéric Sanchez
          [visual art] mixed media sculpture, painting & digital design

Lionel Descostes
          [visual art] embroidery paintings

Hồng-Ân Trương
          [photography] photographs, sculpture installation & film

Ấn Ngọc Phạm
          [visual art] sculpture & paintings

Trương Công-Tùng
          [photography] video, photographs & installation


[flipbook] Night on Earth, by Frédéric Sanchez & Jean-Sébastien Grill


Collateral + Damage

Curated by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials

[web extra] Extended curator’s notes with portfolio preview


Monique Truong & UuDam Nguyen
          [visual art / word game] M O R E T H A N M Y M E M O R I E S D E F I N E M E

Sayon Syprasoeuth
          [visual art] New American

Yên Lê Espiritu
          [essay] Rethinking “Collateral Damage” in the Vietnam War: The Other Others in the Circuits of U.S. Empire

Viet Thanh Nguyen
          [essay] On True War Stories

Anida Yoeu Ali
          [poem] What’s in a Name?
          [poem] Living Memory/Living Absence
          [poem] In Time of War

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
          [screenplay] Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals

Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu
          [essay] What Not to Wear in Vietnam

Peter Nien-chu Kiang (江念祖), Shirley Suet-ling Tang (鄧雪齡) & Loan Thị Đào
          [essay / photographs] Refugee/Veteran Pedagogies in Asian American Studies


[flipbook] Operation Babylift, by Maya Lê Espiritu


Return Engagements

Curated by Việt Lê

[web extra] Curator’s notes with portfolio preview


Vandy Rattana
          [photographs] Bomb Ponds

Ly Hoang Ly
          [visual art] I Make Myself a Rock: performance
          [poem] Performance Photo, translated by Vu Anh Tuan
          [poem] NGỰA ĐÊM BẮC HÀ / Night Horses of Bac Ha, translated by Joseph Duemer
          I drink my country: performance & flipbook
          [poem] THƠ TÌNH NHẶT ĐƯỢC / Found Love Poem, translated by Việt Lê & Ly Hoang Ly

Jamie Maxtine-Graham
          [visual art] That Little Distance
          [visual art] Still. Life.

Lin + Lam
          [visual art] Tomorrow I Leave
          [essay] Tomorrow I Leave—Vietnamese refugee reunion tours as a politics of aesthetics

Tuan Mami
          [visual art] selected performances and installations

Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng
          [visual art] selected paintings and sculptural installations

Ocean Vuong
          [poem] Headfirst
          [poem] Self-Portrait as Exit Wounds


[flipbook] Mangosteen, by Minnie Phan



Curated by Sylvia Shin Huey Chong & Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis

[web extra] Extended curator’s notes with portfolio preview


Thi Bui
          [graphic novel] Sài Gòn, 1968

Cathy Linh Che & James Che
          [screenplay] Apocalypse Now: The Extras’ Commentary

Sylvia Shin Huey Chong, visuals by Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis
          [essay / visual art] Me No Love You Long Time

Bryan Thao Worra
          [poem] My Secret War Within

Nguyen Tan Hoang
          [visual art] Brothers: A Pornographic Love Story

Jai Arun Ravine
          [fiction] National Character
          [fiction] Trivia King

Huong Nguyen
          [screenplay] Is This Trash?

Bao Phi, visuals by Simi Kang
          [poetry / visual art] poems & images

Bee Vang & Louisa Schein, visuals by Koua Mai Yang
          [essay / visual art] Scenes Lost from Gran Torino: Hauntings of Hmong of Laos

Ocean Vuong
          [poem] Aubade with Burning City


[flipbook] Screening Ghosts, by Sylvia Shin Huey Chong

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