Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

TRANAN SESSIONS | Viet Thanh Nguyen

VIET THANH NGUYEN was born in 1971 in Vietnam but grew up in the United States, where he fled with his parents as a four-year-old. He is a professor at the University of Southern California and regularly contributes as a writer to the New York Times and Time Magazine, where he has made a name […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen: Writing to Re-member

Helen Scott interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about the refugee crisis, US policy, and the ‘narrative scarcity’ for minority and marginalized populations in this article for Guernica. Viet Thanh Nguyen is one of our era’s most powerful chroniclers of capitalism, war, and the refugee experience. A writer, scholar, and professor, he has won both a Pulitzer […]

Việt Thanh Nguyễn – Viết lách là sự thôi thúc từ bên trong

Anh Tram interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about his novels and writing in this article for L’Officiel. Người yêu văn chương xứ Việt hẳn đã từng nghe tên Việt Thanh Nguyễn – nhà văn gốc Việt đầu tiên đoạt giải Pulitzer văn học với tiểu thuyết đầu tay The Sympathizer. Trong một chuyên đề đặc biệt […]


Timothy Tau interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about writing and story-making in this article for Hyphen Magazine. I recently got the chance to sit down and talk with Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen about his most recent book, the short story collection The Refugees, which has recently garnered the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. Nguyen is known for winning the Pulitzer, […]

In Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen and Mai Elliott

Friends of the Claremont Library and the Center for Asian Pacific American Students at Pitzer College (CAPAS) hosted Viet Thanh Nguyen in conversation with Claremont author and historian Mai Elliott. Here is the transcript: Lanore P.: If you would turn off your phones so that we don’t have little interruption during the course of this. […]

A Night with MacArthur Fellows Viet Thanh Nguyen & An-My Lê

In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Third World Liberation Front Student Strike, the Department of Asian American Studies at SF State hosted a “Night with MacArthur Fellows Viet Nguyen and An-My Lê”. Read the transcript below: Russell Jeung: Okay. Welcome everybody to the 50th anniversary commemoration event. Thank you for coming. I’m Russell […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen: “Memory is politics in my books”

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Sympathizer and The Refugees and the role of memory in his books in this interview with Eugenio Gianetta in Esquire. Ci incontriamo appena prima di pranzo al Borgo Antico di Monchiero, una località magica, immersa nel foliage di stagione, vicino ad Alba e al Castello di Grinzane Cavour. È lì […]

Telling Vietnam refugees: meeting with the Pulitzer Prize author Viet Thanh Nguyen

Matilde Quarti interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer for il Libraio. “Mi sembra che al giorno d’oggi ci sia ancora così tanta paura per i nuovi rifugiati perché i Paesi che li accolgono non riescono a vederli come esseri umani, ma solamente come una minaccia. Per questo credo che ci sia […]

Race, Displacement, and the Public Intellectual: An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

 Anthony Ocampo interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about race and their intellectual worlds in this interview for Contexts. Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnamese American novelist and academic whose books include The Refugees, Nothing Ever Dies, Race and Resistance, and a new edited collection, The Displaced, alongside his best-selling, Pulitzer Prize winning book The Sympathizer. Nguyen, University Professor of English, American […]

Sống sót / Survival

In this article for the Daily Bruin, Kristie-Valerie Hoang interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen and reports on the Vietnamese-American identity and struggle in California. December 1978. Quyen Di Chuc Bui spent three nights in a Santa Ana parking lot when he first moved to California. During his arrival to the Golden State, the winter nightfall and […]

General Education S2E14: High Frequency: Viet Thanh Nguyen

On the last episode of General Education by Daily Trojan, Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the Asian American identity, refugees, and the USC community. Karan talks with University professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen for this season’s final episode of General Education. Nguyen will start teaching at USC again next semester, after being on […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen on trauma, displacement, and identifying as a refugee

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the role of trauma for refugees as well as his personal experiences in this interview with Ravi Gurumurthy and Grant Gordon for Displaced.     Here is the transcript: Ravi Gurumurthy: (music). Ravi Gurumurthy: Hello and welcome to Displaced. I’m Ravi Gurumurthy. Grant Gordon: And I’m Grant Gordon. Ravi Gurumurthy: And […]

TBS eFM This Morning Seoul

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses his personal experiences as a refugee and the current refugee crisis in this interview with eFM This Morning Seoul.    Here is a transcript: Speaker 1: (Singing) Alex Jensen: Now, to celebrate our new fall season, we have a special guest. An English professor and novelist, Viet Thanh Nguyen, who won […]


Karl Ashoka Britto interviews Viet Thanh Nguyen about his novels and personal experiences as a refugee for Public Books. Since the 2015 publication of his Pulitzer Prize–winning debut novel The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen has emerged as one of the literary world’s leading public intellectuals. At a time of rising xenophobia and anti-refugee sentiment in the […]