Interviews

From refugee to Pulitzer-winning novelist

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks with Christiane Amanpour about his story, politics, and his issue with John Kelly in this interview for CNN. In this candid interview between CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize-winner reflects on his own experience as a young refugee in light of Jeff Sessions’ remarks regarding the separation… (read more)


The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews Ariel Dorfman and Viet Thanh Nguyen on such topics as asylum seekers in the US today. As dozens of migrants…(read more)

Uses Excel to ensure his reading is diverse

Amy Sutherland discusses reading habits with Viet Thanh Nguyen in this interview for the Boston Globe. Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize…(read more)

Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Ruby Perlmutter discusses The Sympathizer and other works with Viet Thanh Nguyen in this interview for Literature Interpretation Theory. Published in 2015, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s…(read more)

IN CONVERSATION WITH VIET THANH NGUYEN: ON DIASPORA & CULTURE AS PLURALITY

Dao Strom discusses the founding of diaCRITICS and the Vietnamese culture with Viet Thanh Nguyen in this interview. This is a conversation interview conducted…(read more)

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on Writing About Refugees

In this interview for Aspen Words, Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the challenges of writing The Refugees and the power of writing.  Aspen Words will…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen – 2017 AWP Book Fair

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Refugees in this interview with PBS during the 2017 AWP Book Fair. (read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees

The Secret to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Overnight Success

In this phone interview for Electric Lit, Joe Fassler inquires about the decades of work it took to build up to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer and the Vietnam War in this interview with Robert Scheer of KCRW’s Scheer Intelligence.   The Pulitzer Prize-winning author…(read more)

The Awl: An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

An interview with Bryan Washington regarding refugee literature and American politics. Interview originally published on The Awl. This conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen took place a…(read more)

Image credits to Getty Images. USC professor and writer Viet Thanh Nguyen has been named a 2017 MacArthur fellow.

Longreads: An Interview with Macarthur ‘Genius’ Viet Thanh Nguyen on Longreads

2017 MacArthur fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses questions of justice, diversity in literature, and empathy across cultures in an interview with Catherine Cusick. Interview…(read more)

How a Pulitzer-Prize Winning Novelist Thinks About Coffee, Screenplays and Facebook

In this interview for the Observer, Jimmy Soni asks Viet Thanh Nguyen about his writing process.  This past week, Viet Thanh Nguyen was announced as one…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 23, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen ‘humbled’ with the prestigious MacArthur

Long Hoàng of VOA Tiếng Việt conducts an interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen, following his recipiency of the 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant. Tiểu thuyết gia…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, MacArthur fellow

A refugee writer wins a ‘genius grant’ for his depictions of the displaced

Carol Hills and Marco Werman of Public Radio International interview Viet Thanh Nguyen as a recipient of a MacArthur grant. Vietnamese American writer Viet Thanh…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 23, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen Is The Pro-Refugee Voice America Needs To Hear

The Huffington Post’s Claire Fallon interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen as a 2017 MacArthur Fellow and prolific author of Vietnamese-American experiences. “Those of us who…(read more)

KCRW’s Press Play: LA’s Viet Thanh Nguyen and Yuval Sharon on becoming MacArthur ‘Geniuses’

Viet Thanh Nguyen wins MacArthur’s Genius Grant – a podcast interview by KCRW. Four of the MacArthur fellows this year are from Los Angeles.…(read more)