Vietnam/War/Memory/Justice: A Conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen
In his 2016 book Nothing Ever Dies, author and theorist Viet Thanh Nguyen writes: “Memory, like war, is often asymmetrical.” The same may be said of justice; in particular, of efforts to right the wrongs done during armed conflict and similar extreme violence. This roundtable discussion of transitional justice, memory, and war – most notably, the 20th century war between the United States and Vietnam – will feature Nguyen, a University of Southern California professor whose first novel, The Sympathizer, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Joining him will be: Tiana S. Mykkeltvedt, Georgia Law alumna, member of the Dean Rusk International Law Center Council, and partner at the Atlanta law firm Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, who was flown out of Vietnam as an orphan in April 1975 in what came to be known as Operation Babylift; and Diane Marie Amann, Associate Dean for International Programs & Strategic Initiatives and Emily & Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law at Georgia Law, who also serves as the International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s Special Adviser on Children in & affected by Armed Conflict.
Principal sponsor is the Dean Rusk International Law Center, named after the late Georgia Law professor who served as U.S. Secretary of State during the first years of the Vietnam War. The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (GAPABA), the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Georgia, and the Asian Law Students Association are cosponsoring the roundtable, which will take place the day after Nguyen delivers the 3d Annual Betty Jean Craige Lecture of the Department of Comparative Literature, University of Georgia. Nguyen’s visit forms part of the Global Georgia Initiative of the university’s Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.