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Friday Forum: Phong Nguyen

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Interpretation of Silence: Navigating History, Myth, and Invention as a Vietnamese American Writer

This talk will explore my family background, my efforts to understand and write about my father’s history, and how this background continues to influence my literary career. Having grown up with a particularly reticent and reserved father, one who had many stories to tell but who passed on very few of them, I pose the question, “How do you interpret silence?” and show how my answer to that question has evolved over the course of my life.

This event is free and open to the public. A recording will be available on the CSEAS YouTube channel following the event.



Phong Nguyen
Professor of English

Director of Creative Writing                                                                                                                        Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing
University of Missouri


October 14
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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