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Being a child of Vietnam refugees can sometimes feel like not belonging in two worlds

Ahead of an Inprint Houston event, author Viet Thanh Nguyen shares that and other revelations from his new memoir, “A Man of Two Faces.”

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen has a new memoir about immigrating to the United States from Vietnam, called “A Man of Two Faces.”


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Issues of war and the refugees it creates are topics Pulitzer Prize-winner Viet Thanh Nguyen knows all too well. He came to the United States as a young child with his parents fleeing the Vietnam War.

That’s the subject of his new memoir, A Man of Two Faces, which he'll discuss at an event with Inprint Houston on Oct. 30.

In the audio above, Nguyen, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his debut novel, The Sympathizer, tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty he was just four years old when he and his parents left Vietnam, and that he has no memory of his home country. He shares how he felt separated from Vietnam, as well as from his adopted home in the United States.