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 of children from undocumented parents at the border. Viet also comments on the lack of visibility of U.S. action south of the border in comparison to the extensive media coverage that made the Vietnam War feel “intimate” for many Americans – a feeling that inspired a greater sense of obligation to help South Vietnamese refugees. In response to John Kelly’s comments on “rural” immigrants not being able to find success in America, Viet offers up his own mother’s story of strength and perseverance, stating, “Given the opportunity in the United States, these populations tend to succeed.”

In the end, he reminds us that instead of “Make America Great Again,” we should “Make America Love Again.”

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