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Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, endorses academic and cultural boycott of Israel

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The following announcement was made today by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel:

Scholar and writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner and associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, has endorsed BDS and the cultural and academic boycott of Israel in support of Palestinian rights.

“Always remember, never forget. These powerful words compel us to think about both the injustices of the past and the injustices of the present. One of those contemporary injustices that we struggle to remember is the Israeli occupation and the deprivation of Palestinian rights. For any of us concerned with justice, the imperative is clear: we must stand with the disempowered and the forgotten against militarism and the state,” said Nguyen.

Nguyen joins two other Pulitzer Prize winners, Junot Diaz and Alice Walker, in endorsing the call of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Nguyen is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novel The Sympathizer, from Grove/Atlantic (2015). The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, an Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for  Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, a California Book Award, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. It was also a finalist for thePEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. The novel made it to over thirty book-of-the-year lists, including The GuardianThe New York Times,  The Wall Street, and The Washington Post.

His latest book is Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, which is the critical bookend to a creative project whose fictional bookend is The Sympathizer. Nothing Ever Dies examines how the so-called Vietnam War has been remembered by many countries and people, from the US to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea. Harvard University Press published it in March 2016. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “a powerful reflection on how we choose to remember and forget.”

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  1. lonely rico
    lonely rico on June 17, 2016, 7:09 pm

    > Viet Thanh Nguyen

    Always remember, never forget.
    … One of those contemporary injustices that we struggle to remember is the Israeli occupation and the deprivation of Palestinian rights. For any of us concerned with justice, the imperative is clear: we must stand with the dis-empowered and the forgotten against militarism and the state …”

    That we struggle to remember –

    the thousands of murdered Palestinian children,


  2. Citizen
    Citizen on June 18, 2016, 2:42 am

    Bravo, Mr. Nguyen!

  3. Crusty
    Crusty on June 18, 2016, 9:42 am

    This is a beautiful book which I read for pleasure. It’s much easier to get through then the works of Edward Said, but it says the same things.

  4. Kay24
    Kay24 on June 18, 2016, 11:44 am

    Most fair minded, knowledgeable, compassionate human beings, who have not been been influenced by the American media, and their version of hasbara, will come to this conclusion.
    There are good reasons why credible leaders like Desmond Tutu, the Pope, and so many other writers, journalists, human rights groups, and so many others around the world, have condemned this occupation and are speaking for the victims of oppression, and massacres.

    To side with the Occupier, aid it, protect it, means you are PRO OCCUPATION,
    There is no justification valid enough to keep supporting this shameful crime.

  5. Misterioso
    Misterioso on June 18, 2016, 1:26 pm


    U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel

    Honorary Advisory Board Member, Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town
    Watch Desmond Tutu discussing the Israeli apartheid on Democracy Now!

    Rabab Abdulhadi, San Francisco State University

    Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

    Lawrence Davidson, Professor of History, West Chester University
    Read Lawrence Davidson’s “Why The Academic Boycott Is Necessary”

    Bill Fletcher, Jr., Executive Editor, The Black Commentator and immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum
    Watch Bill Fletcher on Al Jazeera discussing the BDS campaign

    Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report
    Read Glen Ford’s “Boycott and Disinvest in Israel, in Solidarity and Self-Defense”

    Mark Gonzales, Educator, Poet, Human Writes Project

    Marilyn Hacker, poet

    Edward S. Herman, Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

    Annemarie Jacir, Filmmaker, Philistine Films
    Read Annemarie Jacir on the Cultural Boycott of Israel

    J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Associate Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, Wesleyan University
    Read J.Kēhaulani Kauanui’s “Educators of Conscience Call for an Academic Boycott of Israel”

    Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of History, University of Southern California

    Bill Mullen, Professor of American Studies, Purdue University

    Ilan Pappé, Chair in the Department of History, the University of Exeter and co-director of the Exeter Center for Ethno-Political Studies.
    Read Ilan Pappé’s “Just Academic”

    James Petras, Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York

    Vijay Prashad, George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College

    Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University
    Read Jasbir Puar’s “Israel’s Gay Propaganda War”

    Adrienne Rich, poet, essayist, activist (1929-2012)
    Read Adrienne Rich’s “Why Support the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel?”

    Andrew Ross, New York University

    Michel Shehadeh, Executive Director, Arab Film Festival

    Neferti Tadiar, Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies, Barnard College

    Lisa Taraki, Associate Professor of Sociology, Birzeit University, Palestine and a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
    Read Lisa Taraki’s “Critics of the AAUP Report”

    Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary

    Dave Zirin, Writer, EdgeofSports

  6. Talkback
    Talkback on June 19, 2016, 5:54 am

    That quote is a keeper.

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