University of Southern California

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Dr. Viet Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity, 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). His articles have appeared in numerous journals and books. 

His short fiction has been published in Manoa, Best New American Voices 2007, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection, Narrative Magazine, TriQuarterly, the Chicago Tribune, and Gulf Coast, where his story won the 2007 Fiction Prize.

He is working on a comparative study of American and Vietnamese memories of the American war in Viet Nam. His novel, The Sympathizer, will be published by Grove/Atlantic in 2015.

He recommends that students get involved by:

"Being curious! Go to meetings of student organizations that sound interesting to you. It will never be so easy to meet people again as it is in college, or to find so many diverse communities doing exciting things. Now is the time to experiment and try new experiences and activities.

Some Asian American students only want to hang out with other Asian Americans, and some don't want to hang out with any Asian Americans. Whatever your inclination, try the reverse and challenge yourself."

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