Viet Thanh Nguyen
University of Southern California
Humanities and Arts
Nguyen's novel The Sympathizer (2015) won the Pulitzer Prize and worldwide acclaim for its bold reimagining of the so-called Vietnam War through the eyes of a half-Vietnamese, half-French undercover communist agent. Nguyen described The Sympathizer as the fiction bookend of a project, the nonfiction bookend of which has also drawn extraordinary attention. Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (2016)-an examination of how the War has been remembered in many countries, including the US, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea-was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Together, the two books upend our understanding of a seminal chapter in world history. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002) and The Refugees (2017), a collection of short stories, as well as the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (2018). He is contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and a cultural critic for the Los Angeles Times.