Viet Thanh Nguyen Awarded Honorary Doctorate
Professor of English, comparative literature, American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, Viet Thanh Nguyen arrived in the United States at the age of four as a refugee from the war in Vietnam, an experience that by his own admission has influenced his choice of issues and themes. In both his scientific and literary work, Nguyen explores issues of migration, race, ethnicity and identity. His latest book, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, deals with the representation of the Vietnam War in literature, film and monuments. The same issues of war, race and identity are explored in a different way in Nguyen’s debut novel The Sympathizer (published in Sweden as Sympatisören), the story of a Vietnamese double agent operating in the United States. The novel won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize among a host of other awards. The short-story collection The Refugees will be published in Swedish translation in Autumn 2019. Nguyen has also been an important voice in the US in the public discourse on the burning issues of racism and refugees.