Asian American studies professors hold a discussion with students in a museum gallery with warm white walls and a selection of photographs displayed on a wall

Poetry Reading & Discussion inspired by stories of the Vietnamese Diaspora

Thursday, April 13
Event Time 04:00 p.m. - 07:00 p.m.
Cost Free
Location Global Museum, Fine Arts Building Room 203
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Poets Diana Khoi Nguyen and Lan Duong each share their work, and engage in conversation with their audience, on this afternoon program.

Co-presented by The Poetry Center, Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, and The Global Museum and Museum Studies Program at SF State, in conjunction with the exhibition Textures of Remembrance: Vietnamese Artists and Writers Reflect on the Vietnamese Diaspora, gathering work exploring the date of April 30, 1975, marking the Fall/Liberation of Saigon.

Tune in to the video livestream here.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited, RSVP appreciated.


Diana Khoi Nguyen, poet and multimedia artist, is the author of Ghost Of (Omnidawn 2018) which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the forthcoming collection, Root Fractures (Scribner 2024). Nguyen is a Kundiman fellow, recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and winner of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, and 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Currently, she is core faculty in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lan P. Duong is Associate Professor in Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her debut book of poetry, Nothing Follows, is one of three titles coming in 2023 in the new Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network Series of books from Texas Tech University Press. She is also the author of Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism (Temple University Press, 2012). Duong’s creative works have appeared in Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose, Bold Words: Asian American Writing to Span the Centuries, Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing, Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, and Crab Orchard Review. She lives in Pasadena, California.Textures of Remembrance: Vietnamese Artists and Writers Reflect on the Vietnamese Diaspora explores stories of personal struggles and memories demonstrating the effects of the Vietnam war on identity, sense of family and community, and representation, featuring works by emerging writers and artists.


Textures of Remembrance will be on view in the Global Museum through May 4, 2023, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11am to 4pm, at San Francisco State University, Fine Arts building Room 203. The Global Museum gallery is located just inside the main entrance to the Fine Arts Building, up the ramp directly across from the Student Center. Parking and transportation information can be found here.

Textures of Remembrance is a traveling exhibit created in partnership by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, Exhibit Envoy, and Oakland Asian Cultural Center. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and California Arts Council, a state agency with a mission to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. Visit and

Textures of Remembrance is supported by SF State's Instructionally Related Activities Fund, University Corporation's Kaufmann Museum Studies Lab Fund, and the School of Art Annual Barry Fund. Public programs are supported by SF State's Division of Equity and Community Inclusion's Educational and Interfaith Programs Fund.


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