Essays

From colonialism to Covid: Viet Thanh Nguyen on the rise of anti-Asian violence

Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on his life as a Vietnamese American, and the history of anti-Asian violence. On 16 March eight people were killed in Atlanta, Georgia, by a 21-year-old white man: all but one were women, and six were Asian. The shootings take their place in a much longer story of anti-Asian violence. The… (read more)


Bipartisan political rhetoric about Asia leads to anti-Asian violence here

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Janelle Wong reflects on the cyclical history of anti-Asian violence, and what that means today in this op-ed for The…(read more)

Chop Shop: American Hustle

Viet Thanh Nguyen remarks on Ramin Bahrani’s presentation of the darker side of America in this review of Chop Shop for The Criterion Collection.…(read more)

I Actually Like Teaching on Zoom

Viet Thanh Nguyen reflects on the current climate of Zoom teaching and the benefits of online teaching in this op-ed for The New York…(read more)

What Amanda Gorman Teaches Us About Our Shared America

Viet Thanh Nguyen shares his thoughts on Amanda Gorman’s poem and libraries as shared spaces for Time magazine. Amanda Gorman moved me deeply, as she…(read more)

Lý do tại sao lá cờ miền Nam Việt Nam tung bay trong cuộc bạo động ở Điện Capitol Tiến sĩ (Việt Thanh Nguyễn)

SBTN provides a Vietnamese translation of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s op-ed about the South Vietnamese flag and the Capitol riot. The op-ed was originally published…(read more)

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)

‘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)

What the Asian-American Coalition Can Teach the Democrats

In this New York Times op-ed, Viet Thanh Nguyen explores the coalition politics of Asian-Americans and what that means for the Democratic Party. In…(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)

Vietnamese Lives, American Imperialist Views, Even in ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about how, despite the centering of Black voices, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods still falls into the trap of American…(read more)

The Ideas That Won’t Survive the Coronavirus

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about how Covid-19 is killing off the myth that we are the greatest country on earth in this op-ed for…(read more)

Every Moment With My Son Is an Act of Creation

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about being a son, a father, and about parenthood as an act of creativity and creation in this op-ed for…(read more)

How ‘Watchmen’s’ misunderstanding of Vietnam undercuts its vision of racism

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about how HBO’s Watchmen fails its Vietnamese characters in this op-ed for The Washington Post. Alert: Spoilers exist below. Vietnamese…(read more)

International Book Recommendations

Looking for international literature? At a time when the United States is closing itself off to the world, it’s even more urgent for Americans…(read more)