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MPR News: What it means to be Displaced

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Kao Kalia Yang, and MPR News Host Kerri Miller reflect on the novel The Displaced and Nguyen’s experience as a refugee.…(read more)

State of RE Podcast Episode 9: Viet Thanh Nguyen

This interview of Viet Thanh Nguyen by David Yang was featured on the State of RE Podcast, which can be heard on iTunes. David Yang:…(read more)

Refugees, optimism and literary roots: Viet Thanh Nguyen and Mohsin Hamid in conversation

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Mohsin Hamid discuss the refugee crisis and their own books in this for Los Angeles Public Library ALOUD.  Among critic…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen: Going Public

Author, scholar, and MLA member Viet Thanh Nguyen spoke with the MLA’s executive director, Paula Krebs, in October 2017, after he had been awarded…(read more)

How Do You Define ‘Home’?

This roundtable with the editor and contributors of “Go Home!” along with Viet Thanh Nguyen, who wrote the foreword, was originally published by Shondaland. “Is…(read more)

Uses Excel to ensure his reading is diverse

This interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen ahead of his appearance at Boston College was conducted by Amy Sutherland for The Boston Globe. Viet Thanh Nguyen…(read more)

Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen for Literature Interpretation Theory (LIT)

This interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen was conducted by Ruby Perlmutter for LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory.  Published in 2015, Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer tells the story…(read more)

How Viet Thanh Nguyen found his voice

Colleen Walsh writes about Viet Thanh Nguyen’s discussion about identity, politics, and politics in his books Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.  Pulitzer Prize-winning…(read more)

IN CONVERSATION WITH VIET THANH NGUYEN: ON DIASPORA & CULTURE AS PLURALITY

Dao Strom discusses the founding of diaCRITICS and the Vietnamese culture with Viet Thanh Nguyen in this interview. This is a conversation interview conducted…(read more)

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on Writing About Refugees

In this interview for Aspen Words, Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the challenges of writing The Refugees and the power of writing.  Aspen Words will…(read more)

Forgetting and Remembering

In this interview for Jacobin Magazine, Yahya Chaudhry and Viet Nguyen discuss the self-serving stories the US state tells about the Vietnam War.  “I come…(read more)

Storyological 2.19 – Everything You Have

This Storyological Podcast, originally published on December 11, 2017, features Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story “The Transplant” from The Refugees. Podcast: Storyological 2.19 – EVERYTHING YOU HAVE…(read more)

USC Visions and Voices – A Conversation with John Cho and Viet Thanh Nguyen

John Cho and Viet Thanh Nguyen discuss Asian-American identity during this USC Visions and Voices event. A timely conversation on race, representation, and the…(read more)

An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

Michael LeMahieu and Angela Naimou interview Viet Thanh Nguyen about his novels for Contemporary Literature.  VIET THANH NGUYEN Conducted by Michael LeMahieu and Angela…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees

The Secret to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Overnight Success

In this phone interview for Electric Lit, Joe Fassler inquires about the decades of work it took to build up to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s…(read more)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow

Viet Thanh Nguyen: The Sympathizer

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer and the Vietnam War in this interview with Robert Scheer of KCRW’s Scheer Intelligence. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses…(read more)