Essays

Hereafter, Faraway

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about his refugee experience in this essay for The New Yorker. My eternal scene takes place in a faraway country, the one in which I was born and of which I have no memory. My mother’s death was for me the closing of a door that had moved almost imperceptibly but… (read more)


VIET THANH NGUYEN: HOW NOT TO BORE YOUR AUDIENCE AT A READING

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses ways to engage the audience during literary readings in an op-ed for the Literary Hub. CHANNEL OBAMA. PERFORM. DRINK IF…(read more)

College admissions are corrupt because universities are. Here’s how to fix them.

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the college admissions scandal and solutions for the future in this op-ed for The Washington Post. The scandal around rich…(read more)

America, Say My Name

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about his experiences with a Vietnamese name in America in this op-ed for New York Times. LOS ANGELES — What’s…(read more)

The MLK Speech We Need Today Is Not the One We Remember Most

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 speech, “Beyond Vietnam”, and its messages for this article on TIME. Most Americans…(read more)

Why We Struggle to Say ‘I Love You’

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about the Asian-American family dynamic and struggles in this New York Times Opinions article. For many Asian-Americans, the phrase belongs…(read more)

Victims of War, and Now Victims of the Trump Administration

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Eric Tang discuss the deportation of Vietnamese refugees under the Trump administration in this Opinion piece for the New York…(read more)

I Love America. That’s Why I Have to Tell the Truth About It

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, talks about immigration in America and his experiences as a Vietnamese refugee in this essay for TIME. Love it or leave it. Have you heard someone say this? Or have you said it?…(read more)

Wesley Yang and the Search for Asian-American Visibility

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses Wesley Yang’s collection of essays, The Souls of Yellow Folk, for the New York Times Book Review.  THE SOULS OF…(read more)

Could Asian-Americans Turn Orange County Blue?

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses Asian-American influence in Orange County for the 2018 midterm elections in this op-ed for New York Times.  When I was…(read more)

True War Stories

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about the Vietnam War in the special issue of the Asian American Literary Review. Reprinted in Oklahoma Humanities Magazine.  ON…(read more)

Asian-Americans Need More Movies, Even Mediocre Ones

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes an Op-Ed for New York Times about narrative plenitude and Asian-American representation in Hollywood.  If you are Asian-American, you have…(read more)

Losing My Son to Reading

Viet Thanh Nguyen shares his feelings on the independence reading provides in relation to his young son in this opinion piece for The New York…(read more)

John Kelly’s Ancestors Wouldn’t Have Fit In Either

Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on John Kelly’s words about undocumented immigrants coming from south of the border. Originally published by The New York Times. I…(read more)

Ripping children from parents will shatter America’s soul

Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on the Attorney General’s statement of intent to separate children from undocumented parents at the U.S. border. Originally published by The…(read more)

The blackface incidents at Cal Poly show why we need more education about racism

Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on the blackface incidents at Cal Poly in this piece originally published by the Los Angeles Times. For the second time in a…(read more)