Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of the novels "The Displaced," "The Refugees," "The Sympathizer," and "Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War". He also authored "Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America" and co-edited "Transpacific Studies: Framing an Emerging Field." His most recent work is "Chicken of the Sea," a children's book. 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, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and the Fine Arts Work Center. He has also received residencies, fellowships, and grants from the Luce Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Asian Cultural Council, the James Irvine Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Creative Capital and the Warhol Foundation.
His short fiction has been published in Manoa, Best New American Voices 2007, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection, Narrative Magazine, TriQuarterly, the Chicago Tribune, and Gulf Coast, where his story won the 2007 Fiction Prize.