Who we are

Đất Nước Library is a community-curated library collection of texts from Vietnam and the diaspora. Our aim is to encourage collective literacy, develop shared archives and create connection across the Vietnamese experience.

Growing up in the diaspora on the colonised lands of Australia, much of the literature we have had access to and consumed has prioritised a westernised view of the world which has marginalised our stories and voices.

Đất Nước Library celebrates the plurality of the Vietnamese narrative, and inspires to create a more culturally connected and close community.


What does 'Đất Nước' mean?

đất (ɗək˧˥) - earth, soil, land, ground

nước (nɨək˧˥) - water, move

đất nước (ɗək˧˥ nɨək˧˥) - country

For us, 'dất nước' refers to the ongoing fluidity and grounding of identity in the connection we have to the many lands that we inhabit.

We are based in Melbourne, Australia.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation upon which our library was founded.

We pay our respects to their elders past and present and their rich tradition of story-telling. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.


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