Vietnam & Vietnamese American Reading and Arts List

From my teaching and research, I have compiled some of my favorite readings, films, artists, and online archives. These resources can be used as teaching materials for courses on Vietnam War or Vietnamese American refugees, or as an introduction to the complex history of the war and its impact upon diverse Vietnamese and Vietnamese American communities. This list is a work in progress, and I will continue to update it with new materials and useful resources I have used in the classroom with students. In sharing this list, I also strive to recenter the narrative of the war from the perspective of Vietnam and its diaspora from 1954 to 1986 (and even to present day).

Historiography and Debates about the Vietnam War

THINK PIECE ESSAY: Orthodox v. Revisionist v. Vietnam-Centrism in Vietnam War Histories (and the cases of Marilyn Young’s The Vietnam Wars (1991) and Guenter Lewy’s America in Vietnam (1978))

Memory & History from Vietnamese Perspective

Understanding and Challenging the Capital ‘H’ History of the Vietnam War

Between History and Memory

  • Schwenkel, Christina. The American War in Contemporary Vietnam: Transnational Remembrance and Representation. Tracking Globalization. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009.
  • Arnold-de Simine, Silke. Mediating Memory in the Museum: Trauma, Empathy, Nostalgia. Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Ly, Boreth. “Of Performance and the Persistent Temporality of Trauma: Memory, Art, and Visions.” Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 16, no. 1 (2008): 109–30.
  • Um, Khatharya. “Exiled Memory: History, Identity, and Remembering in Southeast Asia and Southeast Asian Diaspora.” Positions 20, no. 3 (June 20, 2012): 831–50.
  • Nora, Pierre. “Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire.” Representations, no. 26 (April 1, 1989): 7–24.
  • Ho-Tai, Hue-Tam. “Faces of Remembrance and Forgetting,” in The Country of Memory: Remaking the Past in Late Socialist Vietnam, pp. 167-195.
  • Eisner, Rivka Syd. “Performing Pain-Taking and Ghostly Remembering in Vietnam.” The Drama Review 56, no. 3 (Fall 2012): 58-81.
  • The Collective Memory Reader, Ed. Olick, Jeffrey K., et. al. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Trouillot, Michele-Rolph. “The Power in the Story.” In Silencing the Past. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2015 (2nd Revised Edition). pg. 1-30

Vietnamerica: Diasporic Storytelling

Nam le’s the boat – Interactive website, multimedia story based on Nam Le’s The Boat

matt huynh’s cabramatta


Literature, Novels, Poetry on Post-War Vietnam & Vietnamese-America

Arts, Film, Graphic Novels, Multimedia

Artists to Follow

Archives, Oral History Projects, Resources

Publications, Journals, New Media

Food & Culture