I am a refugee, an American, and a human being, which is important to proclaim, as there are many who think these identities cannot be reconciled. – Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Refugees
For the refugee, migration is often born of trauma. It is an escape from war, persecution, or natural disaster. What does it mean to leave one’s country under such circumstances? How does it affect one’s sense of self and one’s relationships to family, one’s sense of home and history? What gets unsettled in the process of relocation? Such questions are at the heart of Nguyen’s beautiful collection of short stories.
Please join us for a discussion of this year’s First Year Book, co-facilitated by Scholars Executive Director (and associate professor of English) Marilee Lindemann and International Studies Director (and professor of government and politics) Jim Glass.
Discussion will be informal and accompanied by Vietnamese food. Reserve your spot.
Worried that you don’t have time to read all of "The Refugees"? Read “Black-Eyed Women,” “War Years,” and “The Americans,” as well as the essay, “On Being a Refugee, an American – and a Human Being.” That will give you a good sense of what Nguyen is up to in the book.
Also, you’ll find discussion questions about some of these stories here: http://wp.fyb.umd.edu/fyb/discussion-questions-on-book/