Winner of the Pulitzer Prize


Viet Thanh Nguyen captivates the audience of students at Lake City High School auditorium and talks about identity struggle, privilege, and power. The slow, steady pace of Harrisburg, Pa., resting along shallow canyons carved from the easy turns of the Susquehanna River, represent a crossroads in Americana. Reminders of the Colonial age meets what’s left […]


Viet Thanh Nguyen speaks at the Idaho Humanities Council’s 16th annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner in The Coeur d’Alene Resort. COEUR d’ALENE — The memory of being separated from his parents and brother at the age of 4 is something that still haunts Viet Thanh Nguyen. “That’s where my memories begin,” he […]

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen sits down with Seth Meyers to talk about his refugee experience. In part 2 of this interview, he explains the difference between refugees and immigrants and the fears Americans have of them. Part 1: Part 2: Here’s the transcript of the interview: Seth Meyers: I am such a fan […]

‘The Refugees’ Author Says We Should All Know What It Is To Be An Outsider

Ari Shapiro talks with Viet Thanh Nguyen about his refugee experience on NPR’s All Things Considered. Listen to the interview here or read the transcript below. When author Viet Thanh Nguyen was 4 years old, he and his family fled South Vietnam and came to the U.S. as refugees. That’s about the same age his own son […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen on Being a Refugee, an American — and a Human Being

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and Vietnam war refugee reflects on American identity. The following article was originally published in the Financial Times. I am a refugee, an American, and a human being, which is important to proclaim, as there are many who think these identities cannot be reconciled. In March 1975, as Saigon was about […]

The Vietnam War, the American War

Viet Thanh Nguyen sits down with Ricardo Herrera Bandrich of the Los Angeles Review of Books to talk about his novel The Sympathizer. FOR SUBJECTS that loom large in history, literature, film, and nonfiction — such as the Vietnam War, known in Vietnam as the American War — it can be tough to find fresh […]