Academic, Art, Event, Literary, Vietnamese American

Beyond the War: Vietnamese American Film and Literature Envision a New Homeland

Panelists and Moderator

From left: Truong Tran, Mark Tran, Monique Truong, and moderator Isabelle Pelaud.

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Webcast video – Click the play button to watch via Ustream

Part 1: Welcoming remarks, introduction by Isabelle Pelaud, and panel speakers. (1hr 20min)
Click here to watch it on the Ustream website.

Part 2: Audience Q&A (20min)
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Thursday, April 14, 2011
6:30 — 8:30 p.m.

Ring Auditorium
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue and 7th St., SW
Washington, DC 20024

The auditorium is located on the lower level
Metro: L’Enfant or Smithsonian
This event is free and open to the public

Please join us for a panel discussion on new Vietnamese American literature, arts, and filmmaking.

For decades, the Vietnam War defined the history and identity of Vietnamese Americans in the United States. However, for a growing number of people in this community, the war is becoming a distant memory. How are these Vietnamese Americans creating new identities and opening a new chapter in the Asian American experience? The past decade has seen the emergence of a new generation of Vietnamese American scholars, writers, artists, and filmmakers who are redefining what it means to be a Vietnamese American. In doing so, they add compellingly new layers to what it means to be an American.

Click here to download the Program for this event (PDF).

Parking info:
Please click here to download a PDF for more details on where to park at the Smithsonian.

Directions Using Metro Rail:
L’Enfant Plaza Station — Take the 7th and Maryland Avenue exit. Walk north on 7th Street, cross Independence where the Hirshhorn is to the left.
Smithsonian Station — Take the Smithsonian Mall exit. Walk south to Jefferson Drive and east to the Hirshhorn Museum. Entrance is from the Independence Avenue side of the museum.


Monique Truong

Monique Truong
Photo by Marion Ettlinger

Monique Truong was born in Saigon, South Vietnam, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Her second novel, Bitter in the Mouth (Random House, 2010), was named a 25 Best Fiction Books by Barnes & Noble and a 10 Best Fiction Books by Hudson Booksellers. Her first novel, The Book of Salt (Houghton Mifflin, 2003), was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, and the recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Truong is also a contributing co-editor of Watermark: An Anthology of Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose (Asian American Writers’ Workshop, 1998). She is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University School of Law.

Truong Tran

Truong Tran
Poet and Visual Artist

Truong Tran is a poet and visual artist. His publications include, The Book of Perceptions, Placing The Accents, Dust and Conscience (awarded the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Prize in 2002), within the margin and Four Letter Words. This year, he will be a featured reader at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Truong lives in San Francisco and is a visiting professor of poetry at Mills College. His artwork has been shown at galleries and festivals including Intersection for the Arts and SOMARTS. In February of 2010, Truong had his first solo exhibition at The Mina Dresden Gallery. His work can be viewed on his website at


Mark Tran

Mark Tran

Mark Tran is a Vietnamese American filmmaker born and raised in California. He wrote and directed the award winning film All About Dad, a heart-warming comedy about an “old world” father and his “new world” kids. All About Dad garnered awards at film festivals and was ranked 8th from the Top 10 Asian American Films of 2009 by Asia Pacific Arts. Mark started filmmaking when he was 16 and has since directed over 30 short films, including the award-winning The Fisherman’s Troubled Odyssey, about a father’s immigration from Vietnam, and fan-favorite Binary City, a neo-noir gangster film. Mark is currently working on another screenplay and he hopes to continue telling stories from a Vietnamese American perspective.


Isabelle Pelaud

Isabelle Pelaud
Panel Discussion Moderator

Isabelle Pelaud will serve as the moderator for the panel discussion.  She is an associate professor in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the author of This Is All I Choose to Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature (Temple University Press, 2001). Her academic work can be found in Mixed Race Literature, The New Face of Asian Pacific America, Amerasia Journal and Michigan Quarterly Review. Her creative works have been published in Making More WavesTilting the ContinentVietnam Dialogue Inside/Out and The Perfume River. She is founder and executive director of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). She seeks to create intersections within academia, activism, and the arts.

Event Flyer (click to enlarge)

Beyond the War flyer


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