Essays

Reconsidering the Work of a Chinese Immigrant Writer of the 1930s

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews Hua Hsu’s A Floating Chinaman: Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific. Originally posted as a New York Times Book Review…(read more)

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)

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)

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)

No Image

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)

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)

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)