Internationally renowned novelist and critic Viet Thanh Nguyen is the fall 2019 Dan and Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals. Nguyen will present a keynote lecture on War, Refugees and Storytelling: From Representation to Decolonization on Thursday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Orvis Auditorium. The keynote lecture is free and open to the public.
Born in Ban Me Thuot, Viet Nam, Nguyen came to the United States as a refugee in 1975 with his family and grew up in San Jose, California. Holder of an endowed professorship at the University of Southern California, he has become one of the nation’s most acclaimed writers and leading voices on issues of immigration, race, justice and representation.
For more info on Nguyen’s time at UH this fall semester, click here.