The Honest Field Guide
Ep. 41 - An American Narrative: A Conversation with Author Viet Thanh Nguyen Winner of The Pulitzer for Fiction
Jun 26, 2020 · 1 hr 8 min
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The impact of entrepreneurship on the America dream is too often taken for granted. Consider Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Viet Thanh Nguyen, who escaped Vietnam as a refugee with most of his family in the 70s, almost immediately torn from his mother's arms when they hit the ground in America. Then a few years later, reunited with his brother and parents who started their own successful, yet back breaking grocery store business in San Jose, California. 

An observer, Viet learned how to be and not to be, absorbing the tenacity and fierceness of his entrepreneurial parents. His journey from boyhood to manhood in a country studded at every point with racism and hypocrisy manifests beautifully in his Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Sympathizer." 

Host JinJa Birkenbeuel interviews Viet on this special episode. Viet's story will surprise you, as he unpacks and deconstructs American-style racism through his own cultural lens. 

Follow Viet on Insta and Twitter @viet_t_nguyen. Purchase his books at "The Sympathizer" is available here and his collaboration with his son Ellison "Chicken Of The Sea"

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