The Refugees Questions and Answers

The Refugees

“Black-Eyed Women” is a story about memory, trauma, and resilience. The narrator, who remains unnamed throughout, is a Vietnamese American woman in her late thirties who works as a ghostwriter...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2018 1:37 am UTC

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Josef's father, deeply traumatized by his experiences in a Nazi concentration camp, is going out of his mind as he and his family remain stuck aboard ship outside Havana harbor. Josef's petrified...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2019 11:55 am UTC

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Liem is the main character of “The Other Man” from The Refugees. He is eighteen years old and grew up in Long Xuyen, Vietnam. When he was seventeen, his family sent him to work in Saigon. While he...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2017 7:15 pm UTC

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The Refugees

Professor Mosin brings Yassin and Sen Gupta the shocking news that thousands upon thousands of refugees are on their way. And this is just the beginning. For the floodgates have now opened, and the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 5:37 am UTC

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Pulitzer-Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen chose to tell the story of Vietnamese refugees and the Vietnamese diaspora in general through a series of vignettes. These vignettes or short stories...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018 5:37 pm UTC

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Let’s start by clarifying what it means to say Viet Thanh Nguyen’s novel The Refugees profoundly discusses “communism, death, and immigration and the effect they had on generations of Vietnamese.”...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2018 6:43 pm UTC

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Immigration is a main theme in The Refugees. It is immigration that brings the refugees of the story to the United States. Most of the characters are either first- or second-generation immigrants,...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2017 7:06 pm UTC

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Your reading of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s short story as “a satire on American’s obsession with labels, status, and financial wealth” could center on Arthur. You could argue Arthur’s problems arise from...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2020 3:51 pm UTC

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Viet Thanh Nguyen tells his story through the eyes of various characters with a variety of lived experiences; this method of storytelling shows how the act of remembering war can be one that is...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2019 3:11 pm UTC

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In Viet Thanh Nguyen's short story collection, The Refugees, the two stories that have similar themes are "I'd Love You to Want Me" and "The Americans." While the entire collection of stories deal...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2019 10:36 am UTC

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