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2023 National Book Awards Longlist for Nonfiction | The Ten Contenders for the National Book Award for Nonfiction

The National Book Foundation announced the Longlist for the 2023 National Book Award for Nonfiction. The Finalists in all five categories will be revealed on Tuesday, October 3. The 2023 Nonfiction Longlist includes emerging and established writers, and features works of memoir, science writing, biographies of both iconic figures and unsung heroes, investigative works that reframe […]

The power of narrative and representation

Viet Thanh Nguyen shares his stories on representation, voices and refugees at the Department of State’s Asian-American Foreign Affairs Association keynote event in this article for the STATE Magazine. In May, the Department of State celebrated Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in partnership with two of the Department’s employee affinity groups: the Asian-American […]


Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses growing up in the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam, and how writing and reading helped him cope with this difficult experience in this episode of the American Masters Podcast. Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses growing up in the U.S. as a refugee from Vietnam, and how writing and reading helped him […]

PEN Out Loud: Viet Thanh Nguyen, Maaza Mengiste and Lev Golinkin

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Maaza Mengiste, and Lev Golinkin discuss The Displaced, an essay collection by refugee writers at the Strand Bookstore. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer), and authors Maaza Mengiste (Beneath the Lion’s Gaze) and Lev Golinkin (A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka) discuss the critically acclaimed anthology The […]

College admissions are corrupt because universities are. Here’s how to fix them.

Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses the college admissions scandal and solutions for the future in this op-ed for The Washington Post. The scandal around rich people buying college admissions for their underqualified children is disgusting and disheartening for everyone, but especially for those of us who teach and study at universities. My own University of Southern […]

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. […]

VIET THANH NGUYEN The Sympathizer. Reviewed by Kurt Johnson

Kurt Johnson reviews The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen for The Newtown Review of Books. Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel The Sympathizer shows the Vietnam war from a Vietnamese perspective, critiquing Hollywood’s renderings of the conflict in the process. When Ed Burns and Lynn Novick’s 17-hour documentary The Vietnam War was released in 2017, it rightly received […]

The MLK Speech We Need Today Is Not the One We Remember Most

Viet Thanh Nguyen writes about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 speech, “Beyond Vietnam”, and its messages for this article on TIME. Most Americans remember Martin Luther King Jr. for his dream of what this country could be, a nation where his children would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by […]

Christmas reading for the voltage finder

Malin Krutmeijer reviews The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen as part of holiday book recommendations for Aftonbladet. ”Sympatisören” av Viet Thanh Nguyen (Tranan) Det är med skohorn jag klämmer in Viet Thanh Nguyens Pulitzerprisbelönade Sympatisören i spänningsgenren, men den är faktiskt en spion­roman. Spännande är det också, när den namnlösa huvudpersonen återberättar sina år som kommunistagent under Vietnamkriget.  Han […]

A double-spy strange odyssey

Jakob Carlander reviews The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen for Upsala Nya Tidning. Jakob Carlander får nya perspektiv på Vietnamkriget efter att ha läst den amerikanske författaren Viet Thanh Nguyens prisade roman “Sympatisören”. Det finns ett talesätt som många flerkulturella människor genast kan identifiera sig med: Den som har två hemländer har inget. Den amerikanske […]

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 […]

Victims of War, and Now Victims of the Trump Administration

Viet Thanh Nguyen and Eric Tang discuss the deportation of Vietnamese refugees under the Trump administration in this Opinion piece for the New York Times.  What is an appropriate punishment for a crime? The plight of thousands of Vietnamese refugees convicted of crimes in the United States and now threatened with detention or deportation demands an answer […]

He portrays a fragmented Vietnam and refugee life in the United States

Maria Edström reviews The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen for Göteborgs-Posten. Viet Thanh Nguygens prisade debutroman Sympatisören berättar om det “amerikanska kriget” ur en vietnamesisk spions synvinkel. Maria Edström läser en överlastad roman som lyfter först när den skildrar ett förött flyktingliv i USA. ”Vietnam är nära, utanför ditt fönster” sjöng den svenska Vietnamrörelsens sånggrupp […]