Asian American Literary Review releases: (Re)Collecting the Vietnam War

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 July 15, 2015

CONTACT: Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis, Editor-In-Chief, The Asian American Literary Review            




April 30, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the end of a war that claimed the lives of an estimated 58,260 American troops and over 4 million Southeast Asians across Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. In the U.S. today, “Vietnam” signifies not a country but a lasting syndrome that haunts American politics and society, from debates about foreign policy to popular culture. But what of the millions of Southeast Asian refugees the War created? What, in this moment of commemoration and reflection, are the lasting legacies of the Vietnam War / American War for Southeast Asian diasporic communities?


(Re)Collecting the Vietnam War, a special issue of The Asian American Literary Review slated for release in late summer 2015, poses these questions to leading artists, writers, and thinkers. Novel in form and approach, the issue is an innovative teaching tool, contemplating the conflict as both remembered and traumatic event through a wealth of original multimedia art, a sweeping flipbook animation running the length of the collection, literary and scholarly engagements, and more.


Guest-edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Sylvia Shin Huey Chong, with guest curation by Mariam Lam, Viet Le, and Vo Chuong-Dai, the issue features contributions by Monique Truong and UuDam Nguyen, Lan Cao, Kao Kalia Yang, Nick Ut, Yen Le Espiritu, Anida Yoeu Ali, Sayon Syprasoeuth, Soul Vang, Bryan Thao Worra, Yong Soon Min, Hoi Trinh, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Phothyzan Bounpaul, Frederic Sanchez, Vandy Rattana, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Cathy Linh Che, Bao Phi and Simrat Kang, Mai Der Vang, Jai Arun Ravine, Bee Vang and Louisa Schein, and Ocean Vuong, among others. The issue also forms the core of a teaching program that will virtually connect university classrooms across the country to teach and learn together about the War and the worlds it created.


Sponsors include:


Association for Asian American Studies • Institute for Asia and Asia Diasporas at Binghamton University SUNY • University of Connecticut Asian and Asian American Studies Institute • Southeast Asia: Text, Ritual and Performance • Race and Ethnic Studies, St. Olaf College • Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU • UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department • Department of English and the Division of Arts and Humanities at Queens College, CUNY • Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County • UC Irvine Department of Asian American Studies • Northwestern University Asian American Studies Program • UMass Lowell Center for Asian American Studies • University of Pennsylvania Asian American Studies Program • Mt. Holyoke College English Department • Y-Dang Troeung • Jennifer Hayashida & Benj Gerdes • Ma Vang, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, UC Merced • University of Minnesota Department of Curriculum & Instruction • Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA • Wesleyan University, Academic Affairs and College of East Asian Studies • UMass Boston Asian American Studies Program • UC San Diego Ethnic Studies Department • University of Virginia Department of English and Asian Pacific American Studies • Viet Le • Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network


To see a sample table of contents, or to order the issue, visit To inquire about the teaching program or institutional subscription, please contact us at

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