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Viet Thanh Nguyen: Living in a World of Others

In conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen / via YouTube livestream


This event is part of the event series This is America. Reflections on a Divided Country


This conversation takes place virtually via YouTube livestream, no registration necessary: youtu.be/c1zjptptIzc


Viet Thanh Nguyen weaves his own refugee experiences into the larger American story to consider how the United States of America is an ambivalent, contradictory embodiment of violence and possibility.    


Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is the sequel to The Sympathizer, The Committed. His other books are a short story collection, The Refugees; Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction); and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He has also published Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his six-year-old son, Ellison. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, he is also a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives.

Welcome remarks: Dr. Mirjam Zadoff, NS-Dokumentationszentrum München

Introductory remarks and moderation: Prof. Dr. Heike Paul, Director Bavarian American Academy 


Please note:

Following the talk, you may ask Viet Thanh Nguyen your questions online. If you prefer to do so even before the lecture, you can write us an e-mail at event@amerikahaus.de – just include “Question for Viet Thanh Nguyen” in the subject line.



Organizer: Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism, Amerikahaus - Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations, Bavarian American Academy


Contact: Dr. Margaretha Schweiger-Wilhelm



(Photo: Viet Thanh Nguyen © Bebe Jacobs)


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