Together we will read and view a variety of stories—told primarily in the form of prose fiction, poetry, essays, films and other visual art—by Vietnamese and overseas Vietnamese writers and artists who explore the consequences of colonialism, war, migration and resettlement for individuals, families and communities using vastly different aesthetic techniques and registering multiple social, cultural, political and personal concerns. We will attend especially to the ways in which war and postwar generation artists and writers define and refine what it means to be Vietnamese and diasporic Vietnamese in changing local, regional and global contexts, and how the past and present continue to be intertwined in our lives and narratives.