MONTHLY ARCHIVES : January, 2021

There’s a reason the South Vietnamese flag flew during the Capitol riot

Viet Thanh Nguyen explores the connection between the South Vietnamese flag, nationalism, and the radicalized nostalgia for a lost country for the Washington Post.…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The art of memoir

Eliza Lomas checks in with Viet Thanh Nguyen a few times over the period of one year to see how he takes on the…(read more)

‘Minari’ is about immigrants who speak Korean. That doesn’t make it ‘foreign.’

In response to the dialogue surrounding Minari, Viet Thanh Nguyen asks what makes a language foreign in this op-ed for The Washington Post. The…(read more)

The Post-Trump Future of Literature

Viet Thanh Nguyen shares his thoughts on the changes of political literature in the coming era for this New York Times op-ed. Donald Trump…(read more)

Asian Americans Are Still Caught in the Trap of the ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype. And It Creates Inequality for All

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about the complexity of the term Asian-American, its experience, and its position as the model minority in this piece for…(read more)

Chicken? Viet Thanh Nguyen and Thi Bui’s New Multigenerational Collaboration

Elizabeth Bird for School Library Journal delves into the making of Chicken of the Sea, why sometimes it’s best to encourage creativity in your…(read more)

Unsettling the American Dream Story: The Millions Interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen

Jianan Qian interviews Viet Nguyen for The Millions. They discuss the aesthetics and politics of The Sympathizer; how his literary education has nourished his…(read more)

Zadie Smith, in Conversation with Viet Nguyen, to discuss Grand Union

Zadie Smith will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen.  A dazzling collection of short fiction.  Zadie Smith has established herself as one…(read more)

Why I Teach

Opinion | Why I Teach – The New York Times Being a good teacher is hard. So is maintaining democracy. Our political leaders should…(read more)

Le Colonial is an Orientalist specter

In this article by Soleil Ho for the San Francisco Chronicle, Soleil and Viet discuss enduring colonial fantasies and misbegotten nostalgia over plates of…(read more)