The Quarantine Tapes

The Quarantine Tapes 052: Viet Thahnh Nguyen

Episode Summary

On episode 052 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by author Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Episode Notes

“For people who come from racially subjugated or colonized communities, there’s no way you can separate art from politics because your entire existence is politicized. It’s because of these issues of racism and colonization.”

On episode 052 of The Quarantine Tapes, Paul Holdengräber is joined by author Viet Thanh Nguyen. They discuss the history of colonization in the United States and how it still informs the institutional and structural fabric of American society today. Viet and Paul also touch upon the responsibility that we all have to engage in educational, anti-racist work within our own families and friend groups.

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His other books are The Refugees, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He is a University Professor, the Aerol Arnold Chair of English, and a Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations. His most recent publication is Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his six-year-old son, Ellison.