[PAST EVENT] Viet Thanh Nguyen to Deliver Lecture and Receive Hatsuye Yamasaki Prize ‘37 for Visionary Leadership

April 20, 2022
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Viet Thanh Nguyen (Photo by Olivier H. Gamas)
Viet Thanh Nguyen (Photo by Olivier H. Gamas)

The Reves Center for International Studies, in cooperation with the Asian Centennial Committee, has announced that Viet Thanh Nguyen will deliver the 2022 McSwain-Walker Lecture. His talk, “Refugees, Language, and the Meaning of ‘America'" will be available on Zoom, but pre-registration is required. Register here for Zoom

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Sympathizer won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and numerous other awards. His most recent publication is the sequel to The Sympathizer, The Committed. His other books are a short story collection, The Refugees; Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction); and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He has also published Chicken of the Sea, a children’s book written in collaboration with his six-year-old son, Ellison. 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. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, he is also the editor of The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives.

The Hatsuye Yamasaki ‘37 Prize for Visionary Leadership honors W&M’s first female student of Asian descent (and woman of color) who was a stalwart campus leader during their enrollment in 1933-37. It recognizes exemplary leadership on behalf of the Asian Pacific Islander and South West Asian communities.

The Asian Centennial is a multi-year commemoration, beginning in 2021 and culminating with the 2022 Commencement ceremony. It celebrates not only the centennial of Pu-Kao Chen ’23 ( who left Shanghai, China, to become the university’s first Asian student), but also of all those at W&M, past and present, who identify as Asian or of Asian ancestry, including those from Southwest Asia – often referred to as the Middle East.


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