Viet Thanh Nguyen

2019 YBCA 100 Honoree

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a Vietnamese American novelist. He is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and a professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Nguyen’s debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, among other accolades, including the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction. He was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2017.