ÁCCENTED 25 | Tales of Two Sisters

Welcome to the fifth ÁCCENTED show of the third season! Titled “Tales of Two Sisters, authors Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Phong Nguyen will be in conversation about their recent and upcoming works with hosts Viet Thanh Nguyen and Philip Nguyen. 

This ÁCCENTED event is FREE and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, February 9th, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. PST, on Zoom.


Born and raised in Việt Nam, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is the author of The Mountains Sing, runner-up for the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the 2020 BookBrowse Best Debut Award, the 2021 International Book Awards, the 2021 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award, and the 2020 Lannan Literary Award Fellowship for Fiction. She has published twelve books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and has received some of the top literary prizes in Việt Nam. Her writing has been translated into twenty languages and has appeared in major publications, including the New York Times. She has a PhD in creative writing from Lancaster University. She is an advocate for the rights of disadvantaged groups in Việt Nam and has founded several scholarship programs, and she was named by Forbes Vietnam as one of twenty inspiring women of 2021. For more information, visit: http://www.nguyenphanquemai.com.

Phong Nguyen is the author of five books, most recently the novel Bronze Drum, which was named one of NPR’s Best Books of the Year for 2022, a Book of the Month Club selection for August 2022, and was featured or favorably reviewed in The New York Times, Washington Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, NPR, and other newspapers and magazines. His books have won awards including the Prairie Heritage Award and the Elixir Press Fiction Award. He is the series editor for the Social Justice Anthology published by University of New Mexico Press. He currently serves as the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri, where he teaches fiction-writing.


VIET THANH NGUYEN is the author of The Sympathizer, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, The Refugees, Race and Resistance: Literature, Politics and Asian America, and Chicken of the Sea, written with his son Ellison. His most recent book is The Committed, the sequel to The Sympathizer.

PHILIP NGUYEN is the emcee for ÁCCENTED: Dialogues in Diaspora presented by the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN). He teaches Asian American Studies in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University and is the Executive Director for the Vietnamese American Roundtable, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Jose, California. Philip serves as the President of the Union of North American Vietnamese Student Associations (UNAVSA) and as the Co-Chair of the Young Vietnamese Americans (YVA) Committee for PIVOT – The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization.

For more information about the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, please visit https://dvan.org

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Feb. 9th, 2023


6:00 pm

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  • Date: Feb. 9th, 2023
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