Vietnamese diaspora writers

Angie Chau

Angie Chau, Quiet as They Come (2010). Stories. Nominated for two prestigious awards in 2011 and taught on school and university courses in the US.

Interview with Angie Chau, Shades Magazine.

Andrew Lam, interview with Angie Chau, DiaCRITICS, 28 April 2011.

Angie Chau website.

Linh Dinh

Linh Dinh, Love Like Hate (2010)

Linh Dinh, Opinion piece, New York Times, 31 May 200

Linh Dinh, ‘America’s Automobile Mania’, The Guardian (UK), 22 Feb. 2011

Thuy Le (le thi diem thuy)



Novel: The Gangster We are All Looking For (2003). Thuy Le reads from the title chapter on YouTube.

Review in The Independent (London).

Quan Manh Ha, ‘Conspiracy of Silence and New Subjectivity in Monkey Bridge and The Gangster We Are All Looking For‘, Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, 8 (2013).

Linda Salem, interview with Thuy Le, KBPS, 2010.

Jade Hidle, report of a reading by Thuy Le, Diacritics, 6 Feb. 2011.

Jutta Gsoels-Lorenson, ‘Le Thi Diem Thuy’s The Gangster We are All Looking For: The Ekphrastic Emigration of a Photograph’, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 48, 1 (2006), 3-18.

Bich Minh Nguyen

Bich Minh Nguyen website.

Review of Stealing Buddha’s Dinner (2007) in New York Times, 4 Feb. 2007.

Review of Short Girls (2009) in LA Times, 24 July 2009.

Pioneer Girl (2014). Novel.

NPR interview with Bich (Beth) Nguyen about Pioneer Girl, 9 Feb. 2014.

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Author and academic Viet Thanh Nguyen’s website.

See his essay on being Vietnamese (or not).

Information about Viet Nguyen’s novel, The Sympathizer (2015).

The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. NYT article here and NPR review here. It also won the 2016 Dayton Peace Prize.

Viet Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016). A superb collection of essays. Essential reading. Further information here.

Viet Nguyen, The Refugees (2017). Short stories. Reviewed in New York Times, 13 Feb. 2017: here.

Trudi Tate, review of The Refugees for Refugee History website: here.

Interview about The Refugees: Brian Bethune, ‘Q&A: Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the Ghosts that Haunt Refugees’, Macleans (Canada), 27 Feb. 2017: here.

Interview with Josephine Livingstone about The Refugees, New Republic, 25 July 2017: here.



Diacritics, Interview 7 September 2015. Interview from The Atlantic, in which Nguyen discusses the reading which influenced his writing. Reprinted in Diacritics.

Viet Nguyen, ‘The Great Vietnam War Novel was not Written by an American’, New York Times, 2 May 2017: here.

Viet Nguyen, article on being a refugee, an American and a human being: here. Posted on his website, Feb. 2017.

Viet Nguyen, ‘The Hidden Scars all Refugees Carry’, New York Times, 2 Sept. 2016: here.

 Qui Duc Nguyen

Qui Duc Nguyen, Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family (1994; University of Nebraska Press, 2009).

Bao Ninh

North Vietnamese veteran and author of The Sorrow of War (1991)

Interview by Marc Levy with Bao Ninh in The Veteran: Vietnam Veterans Against the War (Fall-Winter 1999 and Spring-Summer 2000).

Interview by Suzanne Goldberg with Bao Ninh in the Observer, 19 November 2006.

Andrew Pham

Andrew Pham, Catfish and Mandala (1999)

Andrew Pham, Eves of Heaven (2008)

Andrew Pham, A Culinary Odyssey (2012).

Andrew Pham, A Theory of Flight (2012).

imagesMatt Steinglass, review of Eves of Heaven, New York Times, 13 July 2008.

Anita Duneer, ‘Postpositivist Realism and Mandala: Toward Reconciliation and Reunification of Vietnamese and American Identities in Andrew X. Pham’s Catfish and Mandala’, Auto/Biography Studies, 17, 2 (2002)

James Pipkin, ‘Andrew X. Pham’s Catfish and Mandala and the Dialogics of Identity’, Life Writing, 10, 4 (2013)

Eric Nguyen, interview with Andrew Pham, DiaCRITICS, 6 May 2013

Andrew X. Pham website.

Andrew X. Pham blog.

Aimee Phan

Aimee Phan, We Should Never Meet (stories, 2004)

Aimee Phan, The Reeducation of Cherry Truong (novel, 2012)

Cam Vu, review of The Reeducation of Cherry Truong , DiaCRITICS, 2 July 2012.

Sunny Woan, interview with Aimee Phan, DiaCRITICS, 30 August 2012

Aimee Phan, ‘Why Mainstream Critics Fail Writers of Color’, Talking Writing, 24 Feb. 2014.

Aimee Phan website.

Lac Su

I Love Yous Are for White People: A Memoir (2009).

Quan Manh Ha essay on Lac Su, Journal of Southeast Asian American Education & Advancement, (2013)

Monique Truong

Monique Truong, The Book of Salt (2003)

Monique Truong, Bitter in the Mouth (2010)

Interview with Monique Truong about The Book of Salt.

Monique Truong website.

Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Kim Thuy, Vietnamese-Canadian Writer

Ru (2010; English trans. 2012)

Man (2014)


DiaCRITICS: Journal of art, culture and politics by and about the Vietnamese diaspora. Highly recommended. Read here.

Literary criticism

Lan Duong, Treacherous Subjects: Gender, Culture, and Trans-Vietnamese Feminism (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2012)

Mark Heberle, ed., Thirty Years After: New Essays on Vietnam War Literature, Film and Art (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009)

V. T. Nguyen, ‘Remembering War, Dreaming Peace: On Cosmopolitanism, Compassion and Literature’, Japanese Journal of American Studies, 20 (2009), 1-26

Viet Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016)

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, This is All I Choose to Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010)