Essays

The Immigrant’s Fate Is Everyone’s

The following article was originally published in the July 11, 2016 issue of TIME. I am an immigrant. I am also a human being, an…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Great American Novels: The Woman Warrior and China Men

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior and China Men. The following article was originally posted by the Los Angeles Times…(read more)

Bob Kerrey and the ‘American Tragedy’ of Vietnam

This article by Viet Thanh Nguyen was posted in the New York Times on June 20, 2016. A version of this op­ed appears in…(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)

A writer’s solitude vs. AWP: Viet Thanh Nguyen on what we share with others

The Los Angeles Times has assembled a panel of distinguished and diverse writers who will regularly contribute to the Books section.  The 10 authors who make…(read more)

Review of Christopher Sorrentino’s The Fugitives

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews Christopher Sorrentino’s The Fugitives. Originally posted as a New York Times Sunday Book Review on February 19, 2016. Kat Danhoff is a…(read more)

On True War Stories

The Asian American Literary Review does great work. Now they have a new issue out on (Re)Collecting the Vietnam War, and it’s really beautiful,…(read more)

The Making of Asian America is a Stirring Chronicle Long Overdue

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews Erika Lee’s The Making of Asian America: A History. Originally posted by the Los Angeles Times on September 3, 2015.…(read more)

Our Vietnam War Never Ended

This article by Viet Thanh Nguyen was originally published in The New York Times on April 24, 2015.  A version of this op­ed appears…(read more)

Refugee Memories

‘Refugee Memories and Asian American Critique’ was originally published in positions: asia critique, volume 20, number 20, pages 911-942 (2012).   Shades of Past,…(read more)

Just Memory: War and the Ethics of Remembrance

“Just Memory: War and the Ethics of Remembrance” was originally published in American Literary History, volume 25, issue no. 1, pages 144 – 163 (Spring…(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)

War, Memory and the Future

“War, Memory and the Future” was originally published in The Asian American Literary Review, volume 2, issue no. 1, pages 277 – 288 (Winter/Spring…(read more)

Masticating Adrian Tomine

“Masticating Adrian Tomine” was originally published in American Book Review, volume 31, issue no. 1, page 12 (November/December 2009). “Where Are You Going, Where Have…(read more)

Remembering War, Dreaming Peace: On Cosmopolitanism, Compassion, and Literature

“Remembering War, Dreaming Peace: On Cosmopolitanism, Compassion, and Literature” was originally published in The Japanese Journal of American Studies, issue no. 20, pages 149 –…(read more)

Multimedia as Composition: Research, Writing and Creativity

“Multimedia as Composition: Research, Writing and Creativity” was originally published in Academic Commons January 2009 issue, “The Difference that Inquiry Makes: A Collaborative Case Study on…(read more)