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Wesley Yang and the Search for Asian-American Visibility

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses Wesley Yang’s collection of essays, The Souls of Yellow Folk, for the New York Times Book Review.  THE SOULS OF YELLOW FOLK Essays By Wesley Yang 215 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $24.95. My disappointment with Wesley Yang’s collection of essays, “The Souls of Yellow Folk,” stems from the difference between […]

A Novelist’s Exuberant Love Letter to a Mexican-American Clan

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews Luis Alberto Urrea’s The House of Broken Angels for The New York Times. Luis Alberto Urrea’s sorrowful and funny new novel, “The House of Broken Angels,” is one of those epic books about a complicated family that typically begin with a family tree to help the reader make sense of the relationships. Fortunately, […]

Electric Literature’s 15 Best Short Story Collections of 2017

Electric Literature acknowledges Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees as one of the 15 best short story collections of 2017. We love short stories around here. We publish one every week in Recommended Reading, and our highest-traffic piece this year was an essay about a short story (more on this later, when we go through Electric Lit’s […]

The Best Books, Shows, Films and Podcasts of 2017 for History Lovers

The staff at History names Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees as one of the best books of 2017 for history lovers.  As 2017 slips into the history books, take a look back at the year in culture—with the best new releases that drew from the past. Whatever medium your personal passion might be, these movies, books, TV […]

El Cultural Reviews The Sympathizer

Philip Caputo reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Originally published by El Cultural. Cuanto más poderoso sea un país, más dispuesta estará su gente a considerarlo el protagonista del a veces esperpéntico y con frecuencia trágico espectáculo de la historia. Por eso para los estadounidenses, ciudadanos de una gran potencia, Vietnam ha sido un drama exclusivamente suyo en […]

A Refugee Crisis in a World of Open Doors

Viet Thanh Nguyen reviews Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West for The New York Times. You own a house or rent an apartment. You live with your family or by yourself. You wake in the morning and drink your coffee or tea. You drive a car or a motorbike, or perhaps you take the bus. You go to work […]

Confessions of a Sympathizer

Andrea Pitozzi reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Originally published by La Balena Bianca. Nella logica classica, “il paradosso del mentitore” descrive una frase la cui verità implica la negazione di ciò che si dichiara nell’enunciato. La prima formulazione di tale paradosso sembra essere attribuita a Epimenide di Creta (VI Secolo a.C.), che affermò: “i Cretesi sono bugiardi”. […]

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 on July 24, 2016. A FLOATING CHINAMAN Fantasy and Failure Across the Pacific By Hua Hsu 276 pp. Harvard University Press. $29.95. For critics and scholars, the greatest rewards are to […]

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 reporter from Chicago. The fact that she is also Native American is, as she might say, irrelevant; although she does not deny it, neither does she profess it. The effect is […]

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. Asian Americans are the fastest-growing minority population in the United States. They have been living in this country in significant numbers since Chinese immigrants came hunting for gold in the middle […]