Interviews

PBS News Hour | Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Brief but Spectacular Take on Writing and Memory

As long as he can remember, author Viet Thanh Nguyen has been interested in how stories about his home country of Vietnam are told in America. In his own works, including the Pulitzer-winning novel “The Sympathizer,” he centers on the voices of refugees like himself. He offers his Brief But Spectacular take on writing and… (read more)


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The Vietnamese with Kenneth Nguyen | Podcast with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Kenneth Nguyen is in conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner and Novelist to discuss what it means to be Vietnamese with The Vietnamese. Viet Nguyen:Hi.…(read more)

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Poured Over | Viet Thanh Nguyen on THE COMMITTED

“…Cynical as he is of the world that he encounters, he’s also pretty cynical and critical of himself. And that manifests itself in that…(read more)

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NPR Throughline | All Wars Are Fought Twice

“All wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. This…(read more)

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NPR | Refugees From Other Wars See Themselves in Fleeing Ukrainians

Mary Louise Kelly talks with people about the experience of being a refugee, how fleeing their home country has affected their life and what…(read more)

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Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg | “‘[T]o Tell The Truth Against Dominant Mythologies is Always Offensive’—An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen”

David Eisler interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen to discuss his role in American Studies and views on subjects regarding contemporary American politics for Amerikastudien Volume…(read more)

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The Guardian | Viet Thanh Nguyen: ‘I didn’t notice the racism of Tintin’

The Pulitzer prize-winning novelist on the depiction of Vietnamese people, the fun in Voltaire’s Candide and memorable masturbation scenes for The Guardian. My earliest…(read more)

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La Presse | Dépasser le Clivage

Quand il avait 4 ans, Viet Thanh Nguyen a fui Saigon avec ses parents pour se réfugier aux États-Unis. Devenu professeur d’université spécialiste de littérature…(read more)

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Amherst College LitFest 2022 | The Art of Belonging: A Conversation About race, Migration, and Fiction with Viet Thanh Nguyen

In its seventh year, Amherst’s annual literary festival celebrates the College’s extraordinary literary life by inviting distinguished authors and editors to discuss the pleasures…(read more)

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Asian Premier Magazine Spring Issue 2022 Volume 1 | “From the Pulitzer Prize to Hollywood: A Vietnamese War Spy Story”

Dô Quyen interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about his novel, The Committed, being adapted into an HBO series for Asian Premier.(read more)

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Amanpour | Libraries should ‘expand’ young minds, not contain them

Viet Thanh Nguyen defends the right for children to read challenging books and calls out parents and politicians trying to prevent kids becoming too…(read more)

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The World | Author Viet Thanh Nguyen weighs in on banned books debate

A Tennessee county school board agreed to remove Art Spiegelman’s book “Maus” from its eighth-grade curriculum for its “rough, objectionable language” and “unnecessary use…(read more)

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KQED Forum | ‘Maus’ Among Latest Titles Banned in Some American School Districts

A Tennessee school board last week voted to remove the Pulitzer-prize winning graphic novel Maus from an 8th grade course on the Holocaust. And…(read more)

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Duke University | Ethics of Now: Struggle, Trauma, Memory, and the Power of the Fictions We Weave

A conversation between Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith and Viet Thanh Nguyen for Duke Ethics. Read the transcription below. Adriane Lentz-Smith: Hi everybody, and welcome to…(read more)

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L’OBS | En France, j’ai expérimente un racisme plus direct

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks with Doan Bui for L’OBS.(read more)

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Novel Dialogue Podcast : Duke Trinity College of Arts and Sciences

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Committed, joins esteemed scholar Colleen Lye of UC-Berkeley for a candid discussion about the Asian-American novel and the role of…(read more)