Hello friends!

It has been a hot minute, hasn‘t it?

We’ve been little quiet on our socials as we have been working away on our next project...

Supported by Co-Health, we will be moving in with Arts Gen located at the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne’s inner-west.

Arts Gen is a space that aims to address the social and cultural determinants of health, including ongoing colonisation, racism and the direct negative impact other forms of structural discrimination have on wellbeing through socially engaged creative practice, learning, sharing and artmaking with the community.

We look forward to sharing the next part of our journey with you over the coming months as we expand our library within this space.



Giving thanks

Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival

It was a privilege to have you with us at our virtual launch, especially in the presence of our artists: Kim Lam, Chi Tran, Thao Ly and Quang Dinh, who have given us so much with their stories of family, memory and connection.

Đất Nước Library would like to give special thanks to Millie Baylis, Zoe Rabb and the rest of Emerging Writers’Festival team for supporting us during and in the lead up to the launch. We are also thankful to our Auslan interpreters, Celeste and Glenda for interpeting the event.

And to the wider community, thank you for your encouragement and continued support - we can’t wait for you all to see what we have in store for you next!



The time is almost upon us

Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival
With less than a few days to go, it’s almost time for our launch! We’re so excited to see you all on what will be a special evening.

Bookings will cease 1 hour before the event starts, so please check both your inbox and junk email folder. 

EWF x Đất Nước Library Virtual Launch
Online via Zoom
Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 7PM-8PM (AEST)

Tickets: $10 AUD/NOTAFLOF*

This event will be Auslan interpreted.




Meet our launch artists

Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival

For our upcoming virtual launch, we’ll be showcasing live readings and performances from four different Narrm/Birraranga-based Vietnamese artists.

Kim Lam
Illustrator and Comics Artist

Kim Lam (AKA dangerlam) is an illustrator and comics artist living and working in Narrm/Birraranga. In addition to having been appointed a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow (2020) and FCAC Emerging Cultural Leader (2019), she is an avid reader, maker and collector of zines and small-press publications.

Her most recent publication, ‘Working From Home (may ở nhà)’ is a work of illustrative journalism created in collaboration with writer Emma Do, which celebrates the stories of Vietnamese outworkers in the Australian fashion industry. Alongside her arts practice, Kim also works as a veterinarian.  


Quang Dinh
Musician and Instrumentalist

Quang Dinh has been on the Melbourne music scene for many years, more recently under the pseudonym, Moonlover. His debut album, Thou Shall Be Free was picked up by indie label, Our Golden Friend and was released in 2018. Currently, he is working on his second album.


Chi Tran
Writer and Artist

Chi Tran is a writer and artist based in Narrm/Birraranga. They are interested in paying attention to language as a form of prayer and devotion.

A former writer-in-residence at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), they published their first chapbook, I occupy space, which is to say, I am always grieving with Incendium Radical Library & Press in 2017.


Thao Ly
Sound Artist and Storyteller

Thao Ly (AKA Thu Careis a sound artist, music producer, and storyteller who lives and creates on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation.

Last year, she released a collaborative music project with her mum titled, ‘Công Ơn Cha Mẹ Như Trời Biễn’, that examines the themes of family, identity, re-ci-procity and home.





Going virtual

Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival

Source: Emerging Writers’ Festival

EWF x Đất Nước Library Virtual Launch
Online via Zoom
Wednesday 23rd June 2021, 7PM-8PM (AEST)

Tickets: $10 AUD/NOTAFLOF*

With the recent lockdown in Melbourne, the EWF x Đất Nước Library launch will now be a live storytelling event, hosted via Zoom.

While we would have liked to celebrate with you in person and boogie the night away, we are always looking out for your safety and best interests first.

Come and join us virtually as we sit in on four different Naarm/Birraranga-based Vietnamese artists read and respond to selected texts from our library collection.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.




EWF x Đất Nước Library Launch 

Presented in partnership with Emerging Writers’ Festival

Design by ppdans

We are excited to announce that we will be participating in this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 from 7PM - 8PM (AEST).

Come celebrate with us for a night of treats, storytelling and good vibes!

More information will be revealed over the coming weeks.




See you next time, friends!

Presented as part of the ‘Working From Home’ book launch + exhibition

This brings an end to our first ever pop-up.

Over the weekend, we were fortunate to have made many new friends.

We were very touched by the strong show of support from the community, and loved that we were able to share our library with everyone.

Thank you for the love all!






Đất Nước Library Reading Corner  

Presented as part of the ‘Working From Home’ book launch + exhibition

Illustration by Kim Lam

Our friends, Kim Lam (AKA dangerlam) and Emma Do, will be having a three-day exhibition from 16-18 April 2021 at Footscray Community Arts Centre (45 Moreland Street, Footscray VIC 3012) to launch their book, Working from Home (may ở nhà)’.

‘Working from Home (may ở nhà) tells the stories of Vietnamese outworkers in Australia and celebrates their contributions to the fashion industry through a melding of journalism, illustration and oral history that explores their personal stories.

Exhibition (Gabriel Gallery, Henderson House)
- Friday 16th April 2021, 12PM - 5PM (AEST)
- Saturday 17th April 2021, 10AM - 12PM,
  then 2PM - 4PM (AEST)
- Sunday 18th April 2021, 10AM - 2PM (AEST)

Book launch (Main Foyer, FCAC Warehouse)
Foreword by Alice Pung
- Saturday 17th April 2021, 1PM - 2PM (AEST)

Come visit us at our pop-up, the Đất Nước Library Reading Corner in the exhibition space at Gabriel Gallery, where you are invited to read from a selection of texts in our current library collection.

We’ll be featured alongside Liminal Magazine, Linh Ceramics, Red Pocket Press, Shop Bao Ngoc and Non Me Con.



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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