And when you think of the fact that many of the people from those countries are the ones who come here to this country, because of its attraction—right?—economic and freedoms, in a way, what is happening is, we have to think of how do those voices, those lives, those dreams come back to haunt us. For his next project, acclaimed author Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Sympathizer) has taken on the role of editor. AMY GOODMAN: Maybe a way to convince President Drumpf to try to stop his efforts at building this wall is to say, “You’re going to be keeping all these refugees in.”. I feel that to have done that gives a certain meaning to my life, in that sense. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. —The Millions. Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC). I’ve met many Americans of the generation of the war, whether they were soldiers or antiwar protesters or just people observing on TV. And I was also someone who was watching all these American movies of the Vietnam War, because I was an American boy. So it’s in the interest of the United States not to call certain kinds of people refugees. ", "One of my father’s greatest gifts to me, and indirectly to his grandchildren, is this: His decision to immigrate has allowed me to be the parent he could never be. Viet Nguyen, called “one of our great chroniclers of displacement” (Joyce Carol Oates, The New Yorker), brings together writers originally from Mexico, Bosnia, Iran, Afghanistan, Soviet Ukraine, Hungary, Chile, Ethiopia, and others to make their stories heard. Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnamese American novelist and academic whose books include The Refugees, Nothing Ever Dies, Race and Resistance, and a new edited collection, The Displaced, alongside his best-selling, Pulitzer Prize winning book The Sympathizer.Nguyen… Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. What do we do with those people who have been hurt by our ancestors? Salvador Allende died in the palace as the Pinochet forces rose to power on that other September 11th, 1973. Thanks to Creative Capital / Warhol Foundation for funding this site. It’s a troubled relationship, you know, because English, even though not my first language, is basically my native language. But they’re the—again, corporate America just doesn’t hear in Vietnamese. Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced … ", "They had been mere children before the meal, playing a game I was not particularly interested in, but after that morning glory meal, they became the warriors of my childhood in Ban Vinai Refugee Camp. We are joined by two remarkable refugees. But, well, I mean, how it’s affected me has been that I refuse to call myself an immigrant. So, “Ode to Joy” was carefully chosen for you, Ariel. Viet Thanh Nguyen 404D Taper Hall Department of English University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354 Email. AMY GOODMAN: A different kind, those virtual meetings—. And so, you know, you go to a Vietnamese restaurant to have Vietnamese food, but you don’t understand that that is related to a whole culture behind that. Even for readers seeking to help, the sheer scale of the problem renders the experience of refugees hard to comprehend. We’re not listening.” We’re just not listening to them. AMY GOODMAN: In your book The Displaced, you write in the introduction, “I was once a refugee, although no one would mistake me for being a refugee now. . But each person, each family, has their own history, their own set of stories. And those of us who are writers are put in a very—you know, writing about Vietnamese people or any other minority population, are put in a very difficult situation, because, obviously, we just want to be writers, we want to tell our stories, but the media, if we become hot, will cast us as the voice for the voiceless. The Displaced: Refugee Writers Ariel Dorfman & Viet Thanh Nguyen on Migration, US Wars & Resistance. Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC). VIET THANH NGUYEN: Well, I think this is a country that values immigrants. Then I wandered around the world and ended up in the States. But experts predict most of the asylum applications will be rejected. He has written the novels The Refugees and The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards. The book—oh, the latest book is called The Displaced. So when you become officially classified as a refugee, the U.N. says you have certain kinds of rights. Then we went to Chile. Joseph Kertes ARIEL DORFMAN: This is a virtuous meeting. U.S. troops were on Russian soil, fighting along with the British, the French, just about everybody else, to try to destroy that revolution, which, in great measure, is one of the reasons why the Russian revolution turned so sanguinary itself—. Before we go to Ariel Dorfman, the best-selling author, playwright, poet, activist, author of Darwin’s Ghosts and Homeland Security Ate My Speech and contributor to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s book The Displaced, I have to ask you about that song, “Bang Bang,” which features prominently in your earlier book, The Sympathizer, Viet. Iowa City, Iowa 52240, (319) 338-5640 or kevin@tuesdayagency.com. I had to leave Chile for Europe. He is also the editor of a new collection titled “The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives.” We are also joined by the Chilean-American writer Ariel Dorfman, who has been described as one of the greatest Latin American novelists. Marina Lewycka In a sense, it’s almost as if I had taken that whole “Third World” and all of a sudden thrust it straight into the mirror of American life, and taken American innocence and saying, “No, you can’t be that innocent. They say, “This is a little bit romantic, Ariel. These people were kidnapped from their native lands in Africa, in Latin America, in Asia, and even the American Prairie Indians were brought. And, for me, I always felt this burden that, as an Asian American, as someone from Asia, I’m not expected to speak English or to speak it well, so there was always a huge opportunity here for me to disprove that and, even more than that, to prove that I could be better at English than people who were born here and who claim American identity. Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced… In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience. Their 17 contributions are as diverse as their own lives have been, and yet hold just as many themes in common. And instead of his face being there in the photograph, the face of a native of some sort from across some part of the Third World—we don’t know where—is plastered onto that face. Many of us would want to deny it or forget it. I’m just saying, the important thing is that this intervention of the Russians in the U.S. election should not be only a case of lamentation about, oh, how terrible this is, oh. Between October and the end of March, just 10,500 refugees entered the United States. Also, 10% of the cover price of the book will be donated annually to the International Rescue Committee, so I hope readers will help support this book and the vast range of voices that fill its pages.” It gives me hope to find a space where the pain that I have endured and that others have endured of my community, which is an enormous community, right? —The Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Together, the stories share similar threads of loss and adjustment, of the confusion of identity, of wounds that heal and those that don’t, of the scars that remain.“ The Displaced is also a commitment: ABRAMS will donate 10 percent of the cover price of this book, a minimum of $25,000 annually, to the International Rescue Committee, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid, relief, and resettlement to refugees and other victims of oppression or violent conflict. This is a refugee novel, a war novel. VIET THANH NGUYEN: —because we understand that language is—was what is used to exclude us, to demonize us, to prepare us to be killed, and language is a way to humanize us and to resist at the same time. Until we deal with what the country has done, we will not be able to go into a truly perfect union, because we’re denying and erasing the past. So you can say that, in a sense, the past—and some terrible crime has been committed against the man who is in that photograph, that so-called savage. Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC). They asked me, “Do you want to change your name?” And I thought—. ", "I am ever working, overworking, because I’m aware of the potential, as a non-white body and passport holder from ‘Africa,’ without the safety of ‘being at home,’ of my easy disposal from the political imagination of the world. Your email address will not be published. These writers explore and … VIET THANH NGUYEN: No, it wasn’t my first language. And the ancestors of this typical American kid, one group from France and one group from Germany, have directly to do with the capture and the photography of that subject. To them, she’s come from another world, an obscure and incomprehensible world, and now resides in the shadows of this one—an alien entity, an intruder. Unlike him, I will never be a stranger to my children. Reyna Grande He is the author of three books, including “The Sympathizer,” which won the Pulitzer Prize, and he teaches at the University of Southern California. Every inch forward is a reminder of one’s frailty. Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful … But we isolate those, and we forget about those, and we don’t think of those issues—those people as being refugees. One of the people who contributed to The Refugees [sic] is our next guest, after break, Ariel Dorfman. VIET THANH NGUYEN: Well, I think all immigrants and refugees who come here feel the same—who want to become writers, feel the same dilemma, which is that English—, ARIEL DORFMAN: Not only writers, everybody changes it, VIET THANH NGUYEN: But, you know, we, as writers, have a different relationship to the language—. He also contributed an essay to The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. Posted on May 4, 2018    In so doing he gives ordinary Westerners a heart-wrenching insight into the uprooted lives led in their midst…the collection succeeds in demonstrating that this dispersed community in some ways resembles other nations. And I don’t know. And last night I asked Arundhati Roy, “Is it exhausting to be a writer who’s constantly engaged and committed?” And she said, “No, it’s exhilarating.” And I thought, “That’s a great answer.” And I want to pose that to you: Do you find it exhausting or exhilarating to be in your situation? Maybe it’s time for you to stop intervening in other people’s elections.” And also—I didn’t even mention that there—I mean, you know, Russia was invaded by the United States after the revolution of 1918. A year earlier, nearly 40,000 refugees entered during that same period—four times more. Because of this, I insist on being called a refugee, since the temptation to pretend that I am not a refugee is strong.” Talk about this. President Drumpf has repeatedly railed against the asylum seekers. ", "For four years, [my father’s] family lived deep inside Russia, a time characterized by constant hunger. David Bezmozgis So that—you know, he did not take the most famous, let’s say, refugees. So, a lot of my work is not just about the Vietnam War, but about situating the Vietnam War in a much longer history of warfare, whether it’s from the Vietnamese perspective or from the American perspective, where I see the Vietnam War as just being an episode in a long history of American intervention overseas—Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam. And, for me, it’s impossible to think about that without thinking about President Obama. ― Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. LISTEN TO THE INTRODUCTION NOW* VIET THANH NGUYEN: Well, I grew up in a Vietnamese refugee community in the 1970s and 1980s in San Jose. June 21, 2018 V iet Thanh Nguyen’s The Displaced collects essays by refugee writers about refugee lives. So, for example, this caravan of immigrants has—and refugees, has come up from Honduras and Guatemala, El Salvador, as well. VIET THANH NGUYEN: President Clinton, President Obama, despite their rhetoric and despite their praise of certain kinds of inclusionary attitudes towards refugees and immigrants and minorities and women and so on, yes, they were responsible for various kinds of policies that had negative impacts on minority populations and on immigrant and refugee populations. VIET THANH NGUYEN: Well, I grew up in this Vietnamese refugee community, and I would often attend Vietnamese weddings. It stayed with him for the rest of his life. Then McCarthy began to persecute my dad here in the United States in 1954. VIET THANH NGUYEN: They’re oftentimes in the media of the local communities. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354 — Entertainment Weekly, “In this collection of 17 essays (one consisting of cartoons) by writers who were forced to leave their homes, Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer-winning novelist and himself a Vietnamese refugee to America, begins to assemble one. The editing is by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanah Nguyen, who was born in Vietnam before the fall of South Vietnam … A big congratulations to Viet Thanh Nguyen, who is joining the Pulitzer Prize Board as its first Asian-American and Vietnamese-American member. And it was at one time, you know, a call for mobilization and resistance. But President Obama has a role to play in this, because these are the two facets of the American character: Obama and inclusion, on the one hand, Drumpf and exclusion, on the other. He took some people who are prominent, and he took others who are very unknown, I think, to the mainstream. VIET THANH NGUYEN: Well, you know, it’s really interesting for me to interview people like Arundhati Roy and then talk to Ariel Dorfman and realize—it’s very inspirational that people have been carrying this on for years and years and years. AMY GOODMAN: You talked about refugees so often being the victims of U.S. policy, foreign policy. It’s called Darwin’s Ghosts. This panel, a part of BookCon, was moderated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. Viet Thanh Nguyen on trauma, displacement, and identifying as a refugee Pulitzer prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen is the guest on this episode of Displaced, and talks to Grant and Ravi about his … Even if the country gets overcrowded and you have to give up your luxuries, and we set up ugly little lives around the corner, marring your view. Dorfman, who teaches at Duke University, has just published a new novel, Darwin’s Ghost, and a new collection of essays titled Homeland Security Ate My Speech. ARIEL DORFMAN: Right. (function() { var scribd = document.createElement("script"); scribd.type = "text/javascript"; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = "https://www.scribd.com/javascripts/embed_code/inject.js"; var s = document.getElementsByTagName("script")[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })(); "The book is being published at a time when discourse around refugees has shifted distressingly in the Trump era, with new caps on refugee settlement being instituted and immigration bans remaining clear policy positions.” And they were displayed in zoos, and millions of people, as if in reality shows, would go there. And Iraq and Afghanistan and the rest of what’s happening in the Middle East are really extensions of these policies. The end result is an accessible and engaging dialogue that mines memories, many of them traumatic, and delivers on its global message of displacement and loss... it goes without saying that Nguyen’s collection, with its unapologetic repositioning of the refugee front and center, couldn’t have arrived at a more critical time.” And the U.N. says there are about 22 million refugees in the world right now, but about 66 million displaced people of various kinds. VIET THANH NGUYEN: Well, in my mind it was, “Hmm, Troy?” So you laugh. And I wanted her to write so that we could have this conversation about what the difference is between an undocumented immigrant and a refugee. Becoming a refugee means watching as those anchors are severed, one by one, until at last you’re floating outside of society, an untethered phantom in need of a new life. And we’re joined by Viet Thanh Nguyen, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer, now has written a book called The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. ", "The overwhelming majority of people fleeing oppressive regimes, like Syria, the way we did from the Soviets, want what we wanted: freedom, security, peace, quiet, shelter, food, decent work, education, a new language, a new way of seeing things, and hope, hope, hope. I mean, it’s really weird. Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC). My parents knew some English, but they weren’t going to teach me English. And for many of these people, the war remains a defining moment of their generation. You’re going to have to face what was done in your name a hundred years ago,” and done in France, done in Berlin. You know, it’s not rhetoric on his part. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. You have to look inside the United States and say, “OK, if it’s wrong for the Russians to intervene in the U.S. election”—and it’s certainly wrong—”it’s wrong for any country to intervene in the sovereign affairs of another nation.” We should allow other nations to decide their fate. ARIEL DORFMAN: But do editors ever try to say, “This is too strange”? In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience. Living in exile, he became one of Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s most vocal critics, as well as a celebrated playwright and novelist. ", "What is certain. Viet Thanh Nguyen is a literary scholar and fiction writer crafting a more nuanced portrait of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that … Then my dad had to leave, because the military were persecuting him in 1944, to the United States. And Ariel Dorfman, his new book, Darwin’s Ghosts, and his essay book, Homeland Security Ate My Speech. And you say, “refugees are the zombies of the world, the undead who rise from dying states to march or swim toward our borders in endless waves. Monuments Project: Expanding the American Story, Catch Viet at one of these appearances in the coming months and say hello! Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC). And for them, the war hasn’t ended either. So the war wasn’t over for Americans either. And I grew up surrounded by people who were constantly telling stories filled with anger and sadness and rage and bitterness and melancholy. © 1997-2020 Viet Thanh Nguyen All Rights Reserved. Now, these people are moving for all kinds of various reasons, but sometimes they’re moving because of wars of certain kinds—drug wars or actual shooting wars and things like that—that the United States has had a role in. He has written the novels The Refugees and The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as five other awards. And so, for whatever reason, I just resisted. He teaches at the University of Southern California. They felt that they had lost their country. In our case, it was Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania. And people of Chile—. They were all part of a month-long caravan that brought refugees fleeing violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to the U.S. border. Even people who don’t like immigrants like the idea of immigrants wanting to come to this country, because it affirms how great this country is supposed to be, the narrative of the American dream. And I feel that my time has come now to write the novels, especially—I mean, Darwin’s Ghost is a love novel. ", "I think of all the routes of emigration taken by refugees like us, routes that have been carved into memory, into family stories. It took me a while for me not to—not to sort of let tears—I’m very sentimental about these things. Displaced | Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen called on 17 fellow refugee writers from across the globe to shed light on their experiences, and the result is The Displaced, a powerful dispatch from the individual lives behind current headlines, with proceeds to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC). But, Viet, when we go there, it’s often not silent, it’s very noisy. ARIEL DORFMAN: So, you know, in the 19th century, as colonialism rose all over the world, and Europe expanded, very, very drastically, not everybody could go and visit these countries and see these exotic “savages,” these natives. Two years after the United States withdrew from Vietnam, amid widespread violence, unrest and displacement in Southeast Asia, Congress passed legislation paving the way for 200,000 Cambodians and Vietnamese displaced by the war to enter the U.S. Four-year-old Viet Thanh Nguyen … AMY GOODMAN: You talk about immigrants being more reassuring than refugees. Talk about that connection to the United States. They did terrible things to us. And many of them, in fact, were subjected, especially in the case of Patagonians, to experiments by scientists, who were trying to find the missing link in the Darwinian chain of evolution, thinking that these were an inferior form, a dehumanized form of—a dehumanized form of humanity—right?—that they were lower forms of humanity. And Americans, I think, in particular, have a hard time imagining empathy for refugees, because we just can’t imagine that we might be a country that produces refugees—except we have Puerto Rico, except we have Hurricane Katrina. So I think it’s a powerful political protest that’s bringing to visibility the human crises that are taking place around these efforts for people to move. Notify me via e-mail if anyone answers my comment. It’s as if—it’s as if the fabulous of Latin America, which I speak of magical realism, things like that, all of a sudden surfaces inside an American kid. I thought I would be there forever. They’re creatures from who-knows-where—from Thailand, from Patagonia, from Africa. Even if we remain a bunch of ordinary Iranians, sometimes bitter or confused. ARIEL DORFMAN: Viet, you know, one of the things that I’ve always said is, “I’m not the voice of the voiceless. You would have found us tagging along with our parents for parent-teacher meetings to help translate and working at our family-run businesses on the weekends. We should stop doing it the same.” Going back to my novel, again, if you don’t like an indigenous person taking over your face, you should face the fact of what has been done to indigenous people all over the world in your own name. And all it really means is that the audience just wants to hear one person speak for an entire community. Nguyen works to defy stereotypes that refugees have one singular experience through Mrs. Hoa’s and the boy’s mother’s differing attitudes on how to view this guerilla army. You came here, and the language, in some way, American English, English in general, that global, will never be the same, because of what you’re writing. I’m very interested in love stories now, because I think it’s very important that we understand how that love and a woman—especially I’m interested in empowering women in the stories, right? He will be presenting on his academic work or, at the literary events, reading from and talking about his most recent books: the novel The Sympathizer (2015), the cultural history Nothing Ever Dies (2016), the short story collection The Refugees (2017), and the children’s book Chicken of the… (read more), Viet Thanh Nguyen joins the Pulitzer Prize board as its first Vietnamese-American member. December 5, 2020 Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced is an indictment of closing our doors, and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge. 404D Taper Hall He’s not just speaking it. Download books for free. I personally prefer, because I’m so elitist at times, the term “exile,” because I think it also speaks to the fact that not everybody in the world is a refugee, but everybody is in exile from someplace, everybody is distanced from someplace. You’re very playful, which I love, you know? This panel, a part of BookCon, was moderated by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. And it’s a language in which I understand American history and American culture. Viet Thanh Nguyen (born March 13, 1971) is a Vietnamese-American novelist. On Saturday, I’ll be speaking in Catonsville, Maryland, at the Catonsville Presbyterian Church on the 50th anniversary of the anniversary of the Catonsville 9 protesting the Vietnam War. Two years after the United States withdrew from Vietnam, amid widespread violence, unrest and displacement in Southeast Asia, Congress passed legislation paving the way for 200,000 Cambodians and Vietnamese displaced by the war to enter the U.S. Four-year-old … Writer Viet Thanh Nguyen lives the insider-outsider life of a refugee. —PBS Online, “Poignant and timely, these essays ask us to live with our eyes wide open during a time of geo-political crisis. There’s a gentleness that we have to find in our relationship. AMY GOODMAN: You have related—after the election of Drumpf, you related it to the CIA-backed coup that took out the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende back in 1973. Many people, Americans, are stunned by President Drumpf, and asking, “How can this happen?” Well, it’s not a surprise. It’s a language in which I understand when people say, “Go back to where you came from.” And I can’t go back to where I came from. And we already had this conversation when we were editing that book, right? And one of the things that traumatizes me now, sincerely, Amy, is that I thought that, in some sense, this couldn’t happen again, and I find it happening all over again in some very strange authoritarian way. So, it’s the coming to life of that man. Now, in that essay that I contributed there, I take a sort of tongue-in-cheek thing about Drumpf’s wall, saying, “You’ll build your wall”—or, I say, of course, he’s not going to build, he can’t possibly build it—”but we’re already here.” And I use it through Latin American food, saying the food is in supermarkets, it’s everywhere. Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the struggles of being a refugee in America Read an exclusive, powerful essay from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, set to be published in a new collection of essays There are so many quotes from your books. Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam and raised in America. And so, that does lead to a relationship to the language that is playful, because I want to be able to look at the language from the inside as well as the outside, as an alien from the language, and, that way, to maybe possibly do something different with the language that other people who are completely native in it may not see. And it was clear in these movies that Hollywood was fighting America’s wars all over again. And my memories begin with being taken away from my parents. We stood out and were each vulnerable in our own way. Why would you think you’d get anywhere here? 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