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Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Power of Imagining & Building New Futures

Alexandra Da Dalt discusses the impact of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s talk about refugees, immigrant, communities of color, and writing in this piece for Rain International.   “The xenophobic tendencies of American society, which have always been with us, are experiencing a resurgence.” To celebrate the release of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, author,… (read more)


The End of the Empire: On Donald Trump’s Victory

This commentary originally appeared in The New York Times on November 9, 2016. Worst-case scenario in the next four years: fascism, a wall, mass…(read more)

April 30

Today is what many Vietnamese in the diaspora call “Black April.” For them it is the anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. I understand…(read more)

The Sympathizer Makes Mid-Year Best Novel Lists

  The Sympathizer has critics everywhere buzzing. A highly praised cerebral thriller, Viet’s debut novel has made it on several mid-year best novel lists. See…(read more)

Ferguson: From a Millimeter to a Mile

Michael Eric Dyson’s “Where Do We Go after Ferguson?” made diaCRITICS editor Viet Thanh Nguyen think about how hard it is to change attitudes about race. …(read more)

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The “Real Personages” of The Sympathizer

The author writes about the real people who appear in his forthcoming novel, The Sympathizer. I received the copyedited manuscript of my novel today. Attached…(read more)

Suboi, Viet Nam’s Female Rapper

The Guardian runs this interesting profile of Suboi, Viet Nam’s most popular female rapper. Check out the improvised rap she does for the article. She is known as…(read more)

This Is My Rifle, This Is My Gun

…this is for fighting, this is for fun. This is an article about the recent massacre of six Sikh Americans by a white supremacist…(read more)

On the Uses of Rage and Anger

There are some things we should be angry about, but we need to be artful in expressing that anger. The issue here is that…(read more)

On (Not) Being Vietnamese

Tet passed recently, and Vietnamese holidays always make me think about what it means to be Vietnamese, or not Vietnamese. I’m less interested in…(read more)

Trịnh Công Sơn, Movie Star: A Review of Đất Khổ (Land of Sorrows)

I didn’t know Trinh Cong Son was in a movie until I saw Đất Khổ (Land of Sorrows). Filmed in 1971, the movie is set…(read more)

This Is All I Choose To Tell: Isabelle Thuy Pelaud’s New Book

I was twenty-one years old when I started studying for my doctorate in English. Isabelle Thuy Pelaud was a friend of mine, and had…(read more)

Eye-Level: The Photographs of Jamie Maxtone-Graham

I saw Jamie Maxtone-Graham’s work long before I met him. I didn’t know his was the work I was seeing. This was back in…(read more)

Experimental Vietnamese Music

So who says that Vietnamese music is all about sad songs and Trinh Cong Son and cai luong and Linda Trang Dai? Not C-drik.…(read more)

Luke Nguyen in Viet Nam: Vietnamese Cuisine Goes Global

Vietnamese cuisine continues its slow ascent onto the gourmet charts. First we have the globalization of pho, which has inspired restaurant names like Photastic,…(read more)

Singer Cathy Nguyen Featured in New York Times

My colleague at USC, Josh Kun, has an article in the New York Times today talking about Asian American musicians. He draws attention to what many of us…(read more)