Interviews

Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen recalls his immigrant experience

Viet Thanh Nguyen recounts his memory of the Vietnamese grocery store his parents owned in this essay for CBS News. Author Viet Thanh Nguyen won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016 with his debut novel, “The Sympathizer.” Nguyen was only 4 years old when he and his family escaped the Vietnam War for the… (read more)


Natalie Portman and Viet Thanh Nguyen talk kids books at L.A. Times Festival of Books

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks on how the creation of Chicken of the Sea allowed him to bond with his son, Ellison, at the LA…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen on his ‘Sympathizer’ sequel and the ‘scarcity’ of voices like his

Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about narrative scarcity and what it means to create narrative plenitude in this interview for the LA Times Festival of…(read more)

A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks with Jinwoo Chong about anti-Asian sentiments, writing, and the publishing industry for Columbia Journal. Jinwoo Chong, online editor at Columbia Journal,…(read more)

The growing generation gap in politics among Vietnamese Americans

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks with Marco Werman about the political gap within the Vietnamese American community for The World. Vietnamese Americans traditionally vote Republican.…(read more)

‘Write like you are the majority’

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks with Stuart Carson for The Daily Trojan about Asian American anger, identity, and more. Asian Americans should be more angry. …(read more)

Executive Director S. Alice Mong in Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen

Asia Society Executive Director S. Alice Mong interviews acclaimed novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer Prize winner and first Asian-American Pulitzer board member. They…(read more)

Dayton Literary Peace Prize – Turn the Page

Viet Thanh Nguyen joins Gilbert King with Min Jin Lee to talk about the proxy Cold Wars, Asian America, and more for the Dayton…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 1st Asian American Pulitzer board member, on how his new role transcends literature

Victoria Namkung interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about the growth of Asian American literature and what that means now for NBC News. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s…(read more)

Nhà văn Nguyễn Thanh Việt nói gì về giải Pulitzer và các cuốn tiểu thuyết của mình?

Giang Nguyễn interviews Viet Thanh about being selected for the Pulitzer Prize board and the reception of The Sympathizer in Vietnam for Radio Free…(read more)

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Standing Against Racism in the Time of COVID (Part II)

Viet Thanh Nguyen joins others with Asia Society Southern California to talk about racism in the Asian American community and how to work against…(read more)

Ethnic Studies, Revolutionary Politics, and the Third World Liberation Front with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks with Jay Kang about ethnic studies, the Third World Liberation, and Asian American identity on the Time to Say Goodbye…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Phuc Tran On Being Vietnamese American Weirdos

Viet Thanh Nguyen interviews Phuc Tran on writing, tattooing, and being a weirdo for Electric Lit. I love alternate takes and extended scenes on DVDs.  …(read more)

‘Free speech has never been freer’: Pankaj Mishra and Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Pankai Mishra share a conversation regarding Black Lives Matter, the Harper’s letter, and more for the Guardian. Pankaj Mishra: Black…(read more)

Lit Up Episode 5: Getting Personal

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Susan Straight, and Luis Alfaro join Sandra Tsing Loh in conversation about books and the literary life for the Southern California…(read more)

Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen On What Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods’ Gets Wrong

Viet Thanh Nguyen joins Boston Public Radio on air to talk about the portrayal of Vietnamese people in Spike Lee’s ‘Da 5 Bloods.’ In…(read more)