Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

In Trump’s vision of a white America, immigrants should be grateful and servile

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the meaning and effects of Trump’s recent comments about immigrants in this op-ed for The Washington Post. When Donald Trump first proclaimed “Make America Great Again,” many white Americans focused on the slogan’s explicit appeal. Why wouldn’t we want America to be great again? But many of us who do not […]

I Love America. That’s Why I Have to Tell the Truth About It

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, talks about immigration in America and his experiences as a Vietnamese refugee in this essay for TIME. Love it or leave it. Have you heard someone say this? Or have you said it? Anyone who has heard these five words knows what it means, because it almost always refers to America. Anyone who has heard this sentence knows it is a loaded gun, pointed […]

Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks immigration, refugees at UMD lecture

Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks at the University of Maryland about refugees and their stories in this article for The Diamondback. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist urged University of Maryland students on Tuesday to seek out and share the stories of refugees and other groups who often feel unwanted in their home country and in the United […]

Brown Refo, White Nasho

Stephen Pham reflects on Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees and Australian immigration policies and attitudes for the Sydney Review of Books. Of course, I will be called racist but, if I can invite whom I want into my home, then I should have the right to have a say in who comes into my country. A truly […]

Ny Tid Reviews The Refugees

Birgitte Gustava Røthe Bjørnøy of Ny Tid reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees, noting the well-timed and universality of its themes. Reportes Without Borders kunne i desember 2016 meddele at 348 journalister satt fengslet verden over – en økning på seks prosent fra året før. Mye av dette skyldes forholdene i Tyrkia, men dette burde på ingen […]

Review: Richly Told, And All-Too-Timely, Stores Of The Refugee Experience

Heather Scott Partington reviews ‘The Refugees’. Originally published in The National Book Review. *** Viet Thanh Nguyen’s new collection of short stories, The Refugees, is timely; its coincidental co-release with the president’s executive order on immigration underscores the importance of good writing about those seeking refuge from war-torn nations. And yet Nguyen, whose 2015 novel The Sympathizer won […]

The latest short stories are far from sweet

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer and The Refugees

Tom Fleming reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s ‘The Refugees’ and Ottessa Moshfegh’s collection of short stories. Originally published in The Spectator.  Collections from Viet Thanh Nguyen and Ottessa Moshfegh are largely concerned with drug-addiction, vitiligo and dementia. Like his Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel, The Sympathisers, the stories in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees are set largely among the Vietnamese […]

What Comes After the Trauma of Fleeing: ‘The Refugees’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Cover of The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Jasmine Lee Ehrhardt reviews Viet Thanh Nguyen’s ‘The Refugees’. Originally published by ZYZZYVA, a San Francisco Journal of Arts and Letters. The Refugees (224 pages; Grove), the new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen, consists of eight stories circling around the displacement caused by the Vietnam War. Though reviewers of the collection have tied the […]

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 American, a Vietnamese, an Asian and a refugee. I do not have to choose among these identities, despite those who would insist that I do. On one end of the spectrum, […]

Immigrants in U.S. on Claiming “Americanness”

Viet Thanh Nguyen is interviewed on the Brian Lehrer Show, produced by WNYC. Listen to the interview through the audio player or read the full transcript below. From the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II to the current political call to ban all Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States, in times of crisis, […]