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Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
(born March 13, 1971) is an American novelist. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.[1] Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
among other accolades, including the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
from the American Library Association, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from an American Author from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.[2] He received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2017.[3]

Contents

1 Biography 2 Writing

2.1 Novels 2.2 Short stories 2.3 Non-fiction

3 Accolades 4 Bibliography

4.1 Novels 4.2 Non-fiction 4.3 Short stories

5 Opinions 6 References 7 External links

Biography[edit] Nguyen was born in Ban Me Thuot, Vietnam
Vietnam
in 1971,[4] the son of immigrants from North Vietnam
Vietnam
who moved south in 1954.[5] After the fall of Saigon, in 1975, his family fled to the United States.[6] Nguyen's family first settled in Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania, which was one of four American camps that accommodated refugees from Vietnam.[6] Nguyen's family then moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania until 1978.[2] His family later moved to San Jose, California, where they opened up a Vietnamese grocery store, one of the first of its kind in the area.[6] While growing up in San Jose, Nguyen attended St. Patrick School, a Catholic elementary school, and went on to Bellarmine College Preparatory.[2] Nguyen then briefly attended the University of California Riverside and UCLA
UCLA
before finally deciding to finish his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, from where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa[7] in May 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in English and Ethnic Studies.[6][1] He went on to receive his Ph.D.
Ph.D.
in English from Berkeley in May 1997. That year, he moved to Los Angeles for a teaching position as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California in both the English Department, and in the American Studies and Ethnicity Department.[1] In 2003, he became an associate professor in the two departments.[6][1] In addition to teaching and writing, Nguyen also serves as cultural critic-at-large for The Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Times
and is an editor of diaCRITICS, a blog for the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network.[6] Writing[edit] Novels[edit] Nguyen's debut novel, The Sympathizer
The Sympathizer
was published in 2015 by the Grove Press/Atlantic. The Sympathizer
The Sympathizer
won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.[8][9] The Sympathizer
The Sympathizer
further won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
from the American Library Association, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association.[2] The book additionally won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from an American Author from the Mystery Writers of America, and was a finalist in the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction.[1] The novel has also won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.[10] The New York Times included The Sympathizer
The Sympathizer
among the Book Review's "Editors' Choice" selection of new books when the book debuted,[11] and in its list of "Notable Books of 2015".[12] The novel also made it onto numerous other "Books of the Year" lists, including those of The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Slate.com, Amazon.com
Amazon.com
and The Washington Post.[13] Short stories[edit] Nguyen's short fiction has been published in Best New American Voices 2007 ("A Correct Life: Một Cuộc Sống Đứng Đắn"),[14] Manoa ("Better Homes and Gardens"),[15] Narrative Magazine ("Someone Else Besides You",[16] "Arthur Arellano"[17] and "Fatherland",[18] which was a prize winner in the 2011 Winter Fiction Contest), TriQuarterly ("The War Years" - Issue 135/136), The Good Men Project ("Look At Me")[19] the Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
("The Americans", also a 2010 Nelson Algren Short Story Awards finalist),[20] and Gulf Coast, where his story won the 2007 Fiction Prize.[2] Nguyen is one of the contributing authors to "A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection published by OV Books, Other Voices, Inc.
Other Voices, Inc.
in May 2008.[21] Nguyen released a book of short stories, published by Grove Press in February 2017 entitled The Refugees.[22] Non-fiction[edit] Nguyen has also released a non-fiction book published by the Harvard University Press in March 2016 entitled Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam
Vietnam
and the Memory of War described on his website as "the critical bookend to a creative project whose fictional bookend was The Sympathizer". According to Nguyen's website, the book Nothing Ever Dies "examines how the so-called Vietnam
Vietnam
War has been remembered by many countries and people, from the US to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea."[2] Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
has also called the book "a powerful reflection on how we choose to remember and forget."[23] The book is a National Book Award finalist. In 2002, Nguyen published a treatise entitled Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press).[1] Nguyen has also co-edited a treatise entitled Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (University of Hawaii Press, 2014) along with Janet Hoskins.[2] Nguyen's non-fiction articles and essays have also 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.[2] Accolades[edit] Nguyen has also been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (2011-2012), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
at Harvard (2008-2009) and the Fine Arts Work Center (2004-2005).[1] 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 Artists Residency, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation.[1] 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.[1] Multimedia has also 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 Provost’s Prize for Teaching with Technology.[1] Bibliography[edit] Novels[edit]

The Sympathizer
The Sympathizer
(2015) (Grove/Atlantic)

Winner, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Winner, 2016 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Winner, 2016 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction Winner, 2016 Edgar Award for Best First Novel Winner, 2015 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Winner, 2015 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Finalist, 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Shortlisted, 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

Non-fiction[edit]

Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam
Vietnam
and The Memory of War (2016) (Harvard University Press)

Finalist, 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002) (Oxford University Press)

Short stories[edit]

The Refugees

"A Correct Life: Một Cuộc Sống Đứng Đắn", Best New American Voices 2007 (pg. 97)

Translated on Damau.org on October 8, 2006

"Someone Else Besides You", Narrative Magazine, Winter 2008 "Arthur Arellano", Narrative Magazine, Spring 2010 "Fatherland", Narrative Magazine, Spring 2011

3rd Place Winner, 2011 Winter Fiction Contest

"The War Years", TriQuarterly - Issue 135/136 (2010) pp. 79–93 "Look At Me", The Good Men Project, Feb. 19 2011 "The Americans", The Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
- Link

2010 Nelson Algren Short Story Awards Finalist

"The Other Woman" Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Winter 2007/Spring 2008, Vol. 20 Issue 1, pg. 193

Winner, 2007 Fiction Prize Reprinted in A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection (University of Illinois Press)

Opinions[edit]

About Donald Trump: He is a Great Storyteller, but it is a kind of bad literature of a demagogue "based on hate, fear, division, exclusion, scapegoating or the use of injustice."[24]

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g h i j "Viet Nguyen". USC Dornsife Faculty Profile. University of Southern California. dornsife.usc.edu. ^ a b c d e f g h Bio, Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Official Site, http://vietnguyen.info/author-viet-thanh-nguyen ^ https://www.macfound.org/fellows/992/ ^ Daniel Lefferts (January 9, 2015). "First Fiction Spring 2015: Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Subversive Debut Adds a New Facet to an Old Story". Publishers Weekly. publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. ^ "Tháng tư và câu chuyện khác nhau của hai người Mỹ gốc Việt". Công an Long An (in Vietnamese). Archived from the original on 20 October 2015.  ^ a b c d e f Cristina Mari Arreola (April 18, 2016). "Who is Who Is Viet Thanh Nguyen? The Pulitzer Prize Winner Is an Author & Professor". Bustle. bustle.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. ^ http://vietnguyen.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Viet-Nguyen-CV-December-2016.pdf ^ Carolyn Kellog (April 18, 2016). " Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
wins the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for 'The Sympathizer'". Los Angeles Times. latimes.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06. ^ Michelle Dean (April 18, 2016). "Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer: from overlooked to Pulitzer winner". The Guardian. theguardian.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06. ^ Alison Flood (October 12, 2016). " Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
wins Dayton peace prize for The Sympathizer. The Guardian. theguardian.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. ^ "Editors' Choice". New York Times. April 10, 2015. nytimes.com. Retrieved 2017-06-06. ^ "100 Notable Books of 2015". New York Times. November 27, 2015. Retrieved 2017-06-06. ^ Grove Atlantic, The Symphatizer, http://www.groveatlantic.com/?title=The+Sympathizer ^ Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Official Page, A Correct Life, http://vietnguyen.info/2006/a-correct-life-mot-cuoc-song-dung-dan ^ Manoa
Manoa
Vol. 14, No. 1, Two Rivers: New Vietnamese Writing from America and Viet Nam (Summer, 2002), pp. 171-180, https://uhpjournals.wordpress.com/2002/05/02/manoa-vol-14-no-1-2002-two-rivers/ ^ Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Official page, Someone Else Besides You, http://vietnguyen.info/2008/someone-else-besides-you ^ Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Official page, Arthur Arellano, http://vietnguyen.info/2010/arthur-arellano ^ Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Official Page, Fatherland, http://vietnguyen.info/2011/fatherland ^ Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Official Page, Look At Me, http://vietnguyen.info/2011/look-at-me ^ Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Official page, The Americans, http://vietnguyen.info/2010/the-americans ^ https://books.google.com/books/about/A_Stranger_Among_Us.html?id=fHEbAQAAIAAJ ^ Alvar, Mia (2017-02-13). "Ghost Stories: Vietnamese Refugees Wrestle With Memory in a New Book by the Author of 'The Sympathizer'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-31.  ^ "Kirkus Review: Nothing Ever Dies." January 10, 2016. Kirkus. kirkusreviews.com. Retrieved 2017-06-07. ^ "Trump Is a Great Storyteller. We Need to Be Better". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official website USC Official faculty profile Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
comes out for Palestinian rights Viet Thanh Nguyen: A Bibliography, First Editions

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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

1918–1925

His Family
His Family
by Ernest Poole
Ernest Poole
(1918) The Magnificent Ambersons
The Magnificent Ambersons
by Booth Tarkington
Booth Tarkington
(1919) The Age of Innocence
The Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton
(1921) Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
Booth Tarkington
(1922) One of Ours
One of Ours
by Willa Cather
Willa Cather
(1923) The Able McLaughlins
The Able McLaughlins
by Margaret Wilson (1924) So Big by Edna Ferber
Edna Ferber
(1925)

1926–1950

Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
Sinclair Lewis
(declined) (1926) Early Autumn
Early Autumn
by Louis Bromfield
Louis Bromfield
(1927) The Bridge of San Luis Rey
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
by Thornton Wilder
Thornton Wilder
(1928) Scarlet Sister Mary
Scarlet Sister Mary
by Julia Peterkin (1929) Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge (1930) Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes (1931) The Good Earth
The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck
Pearl S. Buck
(1932) The Store
The Store
by Thomas Sigismund Stribling
Thomas Sigismund Stribling
(1933) Lamb in His Bosom
Lamb in His Bosom
by Caroline Pafford Miller
Caroline Pafford Miller
(1934) Now in November
Now in November
by Josephine Winslow Johnson (1935) Honey in the Horn
Honey in the Horn
by Harold L. Davis (1936) Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Margaret Mitchell
(1937) The Late George Apley
The Late George Apley
by John Phillips Marquand (1938) The Yearling
The Yearling
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
(1939) The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck
(1940) In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
Ellen Glasgow
(1942) Dragon's Teeth by Upton Sinclair
Upton Sinclair
(1943) Journey in the Dark
Journey in the Dark
by Martin Flavin (1944) A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
John Hersey
(1945) All the King's Men
All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren
Robert Penn Warren
(1947) Tales of the South Pacific
Tales of the South Pacific
by James A. Michener
James A. Michener
(1948) Guard of Honor
Guard of Honor
by James Gould Cozzens (1949) The Way West
The Way West
by A. B. Guthrie Jr. (1950)

1951–1975

The Town by Conrad Richter (1951) The Caine Mutiny
The Caine Mutiny
by Herman Wouk
Herman Wouk
(1952) The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway
(1953) A Fable
A Fable
by William Faulkner
William Faulkner
(1955) Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
MacKinlay Kantor
(1956) A Death in the Family
A Death in the Family
by James Agee
James Agee
(1958) The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
by Robert Lewis Taylor (1959) Advise and Consent
Advise and Consent
by Allen Drury
Allen Drury
(1960) To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
Harper Lee
(1961) The Edge of Sadness
The Edge of Sadness
by Edwin O'Connor (1962) The Reivers
The Reivers
by William Faulkner
William Faulkner
(1963) The Keepers of the House
The Keepers of the House
by Shirley Ann Grau (1965) The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
by Katherine Anne Porter (1966) The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
Bernard Malamud
(1967) The Confessions of Nat Turner
The Confessions of Nat Turner
by William Styron
William Styron
(1968) House Made of Dawn
House Made of Dawn
by N. Scott Momaday
N. Scott Momaday
(1969) The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
The Collected Stories of Jean Stafford
by Jean Stafford
Jean Stafford
(1970) Angle of Repose
Angle of Repose
by Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner
(1972) The Optimist's Daughter
The Optimist's Daughter
by Eudora Welty
Eudora Welty
(1973) The Killer Angels
The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara (1975)

1976–2000

Humboldt's Gift
Humboldt's Gift
by Saul Bellow
Saul Bellow
(1976) Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
James Alan McPherson
(1978) The Stories of John Cheever
The Stories of John Cheever
by John Cheever
John Cheever
(1979) The Executioner's Song
The Executioner's Song
by Norman Mailer
Norman Mailer
(1980) A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
John Kennedy Toole
(1981) Rabbit Is Rich
Rabbit Is Rich
by John Updike
John Updike
(1982) The Color Purple
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
Alice Walker
(1983) Ironweed by William Kennedy (1984) Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie (1985) Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
by Larry McMurtry
Larry McMurtry
(1986) A Summons to Memphis
A Summons to Memphis
by Peter Taylor (1987) Beloved by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison
(1988) Breathing Lessons
Breathing Lessons
by Anne Tyler (1989) The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
by Oscar Hijuelos (1990) Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
John Updike
(1991) A Thousand Acres
A Thousand Acres
by Jane Smiley
Jane Smiley
(1992) A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
by Robert Olen Butler
Robert Olen Butler
(1993) The Shipping News
The Shipping News
by E. Annie Proulx
Annie Proulx
(1994) The Stone Diaries
The Stone Diaries
by Carol Shields (1995) Independence Day by Richard Ford
Richard Ford
(1996) Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser (1997) American Pastoral
American Pastoral
by Philip Roth
Philip Roth
(1998) The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham
(1999) Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Jhumpa Lahiri
(2000)

2001–present

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon
(2001) Empire Falls
Empire Falls
by Richard Russo
Richard Russo
(2002) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Jeffrey Eugenides
(2003) The Known World
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones (2004) Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson
(2005) March by Geraldine Brooks (2006) The Road
The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy
(2007) The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz
Junot Díaz
(2008) Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Elizabeth Strout
(2009) Tinkers by Paul Harding (2010) A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Jennifer Egan
(2011) No award given (2012) The Orphan Master's Son
The Orphan Master's Son
by Adam Johnson (2013) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2014) All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
Anthony Doerr
(2015) The Sympathizer
The Sympathizer
by Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen
(2016) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead
(2017)

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