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Identitet og transnasjonal orientering hos vietnamesere i nytt hjemland

Viet Thanh Nguyens bok Flytkningene ble nylig utgitt på norsk. Boken fikk stort sett god anmeldelse i norske medier. Selv liker jeg godt hans bøker.

Pulitzerprisvinneren skrev nylig en artikkel i Time Magazine der han reflekterer over det å være vietnamesisk og amerikansk. Hvordan forholder han seg til sitt gamle hjemland Vietnam der han bodde i fire år? Artikkelen anbefales:

I Love America. That’s Why I Have to Tell the Truth About It.

I was made in America but born in Vietnam, and my origins are inseparable from three wars: the one the Vietnamese fought against the French; the one the Vietnamese fought against each other; and the one the U.S. fought in Vietnam.

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My first name is that of the Vietnamese people, whose patriotic mythology says we have suffered for centuries to be independent and free. And yet today Vietnam, while being independent, is hardly free. I could never go back to Vietnam for good, because I could never be a writer there and say the things I say without being sent to prison. So I choose the freedom of America, even at a time when “love it or leave it” is no longer just rhetorical.

Flyktningene av Viet Thanh Nguyen, oversatt til norsk av Hilde Lyng

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