Past Event

Monique Truong and the Reimagination of Vietnamese Identity Through Fiction

April 9, 2024
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, Room 918, New York, NY 10027

Speaker: Monique Truong, Author

Moderator: John Phan, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Celebrated author of The Book of Salt, Bitter in the Mouth, and recently, The Sweetest Fruits, Monique Truong, will come to discuss her novel The Book of Salt, and issues of Vietnamese Diasporic identity in a post-war and post-division era of fiction-writing. Monique Truong has won the 2003 Bard Fiction Prize, the Stonewall Book Award-Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and the Young Lions Fiction Award. She is also a well-known figure in New York. She hosted a conversation with award-winning poet Ocean Vuong and award-winning photographer An-My Le at MoMa this spring. We invite Ms Truong to discuss not only her viewpoints as a Vietnamse American writer who was one of the first American voices to reimagine Vietnamese history and identity through fiction, but also as one of a current, exciting generation of Vietnamese American creatives who are pushing the boundaries of art and literature in New York and beyond.

This event is hosted by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

Registration: To attend this event in-person, please register HERE.

Contact Information

Julie Kwan