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Vietnam War: Viet Thanh Nguyen

This guide was created for the Viet Thanh Nguyen event on September 15, 2017.


Viet Thanh Nguyen is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Souther California. He also is an award winning author writing primarily about the Vietnam War. He is from Vietnam and with his family settled in the United States in 1975 as a refugee. This page contains more information about Viet Thanh Nguyen and his works. 

Books by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Trans Pacific Studies Book Cover Image

Transpacific Studies:
Framing an Emerging Field

Recognizing the increasing importance of the transpacific as a word and concept, this anthology proposes a framework for transpacific studies that examines the flows of culture, capital, ideas, and labor across the Pacific.
Transpacific Studies is available from the University of Hawaii Press.

Articles by Viet Thanh Nguyen

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Official Website


This is Hell! On the limitations of memory and the persistence of war.

Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen explores the ways war wins itself in the minds of the American public - from the erasure of conflict's economic roots and civilian victims alike, to the coercive power of the US memory industry to commodify and alter historical perspective - and warns that unless we radically revisit our understanding of wars past, they'll push us towards wars future.

Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel: Viet Thanh Nguyen Podcast

Air Date: Oct 02, 2016 12:00 AM ET

Eleanor speaks with Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel, "The Sympathizer." Viet talks about his family's harrowing escape from Saigon, and how his dual identity influences his life and work.

Online Videos

Viet Thanh Nguyen Explains the Difference Between Expats, Immigrants and Refugees.
Annenberg Media

Published on Apr 26, 2017

What's the difference between an expat and an immigrant? And where do refugees fit in? Acclaimed author and USC professor, Viet Thanh Nguyen, breaks it down in this Annenberg International video, made in collaboration with USC's Center for Public Diplomacy.

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Conversation, 29 March 2017
Lannan Foundation

Published on Mar 31, 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen joined in conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston. This event is part of the Readings and Conversations series. You can watch this and other events at

Viet Thanh Nguyen's "The Refugees" explores life caught between two worlds
PBS NewsHour

Published on Mar 16, 2017

Jeffrey Brown speaks with Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen about his book "The Refugees."


Book Lust with Nancy Pearl featuring Viet Thanh Nguyen
Seattle Channel

Published on Apr 7, 2017

Vietnamese American novelist and professor Viet Thanh Nguyen talks with host Nancy Pearl about his influences and personal history and the process of writing three celebrated books published in less than three years. Nguyen’s Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” is a gripping espionage tale, which he followed with a companion nonfiction book "Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam And The Memory Of War.” His latest book “The Refugees,” is a best-selling short-story collection written over a period of 20 years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

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