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Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, as well as a member of the steering committee for the Center for Transpacific Studies. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the forthcoming novel The Sympathizer, from Grove/Atlantic, in 2015. His articles have appeared in numerous journals and books, including PMLA, American Literary History, Western American Literature, positions: east asia cultures critique, The New Centennial Review, Postmodern Culture, the Japanese Journal of American Studies, and Asian American Studies After Critical Mass. Many of his articles can be downloaded here.

He has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (2011-2012), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2008-2009) and the Fine Arts Work Center (2004-2005). He has also received residencies, fellowships, and grants from the Luce Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the James Irvine Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation.

His teaching and service awards include the Mellon Mentoring Award for Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students, the Albert S. Raubenheimer Distinguished Junior Faculty Award for outstanding research, teaching and service, the General Education Teaching Award, and the Resident Faculty of the Year Award. Multimedia has been a key part of his teaching. In a recent course on the American War in Viet Nam, he and his students created An Other War Memorial, which won a grant from the Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching and the USC Provosts Prize for Teaching with Technology.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
March 2024

Seek, Memory
May 2024

   1. The Sympathizer (2015)
   2. The Committed (2021)
   The Refugees (2017)
Novellas and Short Stories
   Black-Eyed Women (2017)
Picture Books show
Non fiction show
Viet Thanh Nguyen recommends
Activities of Daily Living (2022)
Lisa Hsiao Chen
"From the making of art to the making of families, Lisa Hsiao Chen makes us realize the great beauty and courage found in everyday acts of care, work, endurance, and survival. Weaving between one daughter and her father, one artist and his work, Activities of Daily Living becomes a beguiling and brilliant meditation on what it means to live and die."
Mecca (2022)
Susan Straight
"Against the alternating currents of boosterism and doom-speak so often associated with California, Susan Straight's Mecca focuses on the people who don't usually appear in literary and cinematic depictions of a place so big it could be a country. A heartbreaker from beginning to end, Mecca both shocks and moves in its powerful and unrelenting portrait of this sunny, fiery state."
The Family Chao (2022)
Lan Samantha Chang
"Family drama, murder mystery, love story, The Family Chao is an oftentimes funny and sometimes sad portrait of a Chinese American family who runs that most ubiquitous of institutions: the Chinese restaurant. With nuance and slyness, wit and empathy, Chang turns the desires and deceits of one unhappy family into a moving and compelling saga of that classic American illness: ambition."

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Books containing stories by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019 (2019)
(Best American Nonrequired Reading)
edited by
Edan Lepucki

2016 Pulitzer Prize : The Sympathizer
2016 Edgar Award for Best First Novel : The Sympathizer

Award nominations
2017 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (nominee) : The Sympathizer
2016 PEN/Faulkner Award (nominee) : The Sympathizer

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