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Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of the novel The Sympathizer (Grove Press, 2015). He also authored Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and co-edited Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field (University of Hawaii Press, 2014). An associate professor at the University of Southern California, he teaches in the departments of English and American Studies and Ethnicity.

He has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (2011-2012), the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard (2008-2009) and the Fine Arts Work Center (2004-2005). He has also received residencies, fellowships, and grants from the Luce Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Asian Cultural Cou
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Viet Thanh Nguyen definitely. In fact, I taught an excerpt from "Orientalism" this morning to my class on the Vietnam War. I read Said's book as an undergraduate and…moredefinitely. In fact, I taught an excerpt from "Orientalism" this morning to my class on the Vietnam War. I read Said's book as an undergraduate and used it to study Graham Greene's "The Quiet American." So glad you could detect the influence!(less)
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