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OCJCR Book Club – October 7

October 7, 2022 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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(Books must be purchased separately)

The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives

by Viet Thanh Nguyen



Sam Kolodezh


“In this collection of 17 essays (one consisting of cartoons) by writers who were forced to leave their homes, Viet Thanh Nguyen, a Pulitzer-winning novelist and himself a Vietnamese refugee to America, begins to assemble one. In so doing he gives ordinary Westerners a heart-wrenching insight into the uprooted lives led in their midst…the collection succeeds in demonstrating that this dispersed community in some ways resembles other nations. It has its founding myths, but its citizens all have their own tragedies, victories and pain—
and each has a story to tell.”
—The Economist

“With more than a dozen essays on refugees from writers throughout the world, the collection—edited by Nguyen—attempts a vital task: to give voice to the oft-silenced and to redirect the current stream of anti-refugee rhetoric and sentiment in a more just and humanizing direction. The end result is an accessible and engaging dialogue that mines memories, many of them traumatic, and delivers on its global message of displacement and loss… it goes without saying that Nguyen’s collection, with its unapologetic repositioning of the refugee front and center, couldn’t have arrived at a more critical time.”
—The Minneapolis Star Tribune


Joseph Azam, David Bezmozgis, Fatima Bhutto
Thi Bui, Ariel Dorfman, Lev Golinkin
Reyna Grande, Meron Hadero, Aleksandar Hemon
Joseph Kertes, Porochista Khakpour
Marina Lewycka, Maaza Mengiste, Dina Nayeri
Vu Tran, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Kao Kalia Yang



Dr. Sam Kolodezh is a lecturer at UCSD and NYU LA. He received his Ph.D. in Theatre and Drama from the joint program at UCI and UCSD. He specializes in cultural theory, Shakespeare, and adaptation. He is the son of Jewish Ukrainian refugees, a lover of stories across mediums, an avid traveler, and an explorer of in-betweens. As the Jewish half of a HinJew marriage, he is committed to interfaith and intercultural dialogue.
He has worked as a scholar and artist in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.



Viet Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam in 1971. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, he and his family fled to the United States. The author of three books, Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at University of Southern California.
He lives in Los Angeles.

(from https://thedisplaced.abrams.link/)



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October 7, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees
Jewish Federation of Orange County