On December 12 from 6-7:30pm (ET), USCET will hold a special webinar on Asian American Stories: Diversity, Defiance, and Dignity, featuring iconic Chinese American writer Maxine Hong Kingston, Pulitzer Prize winning Vietnamese American author Viet Thanh Nguyen, and literary critic Professor King-Kok Cheung as moderator. The authors will discuss how their writing has reflected and changed society, such as Maxine Hong Kingston’s 1976 memoir The Woman Warrior, which tackled issues of gender and ethnicity in the lives of women. Kingston has received multiple awards for her contributions to Chinese American literature, including the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 1981 for China Men (1980). She will be joined by her former student at the University of California Berkeley, Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose 2015 debut novel, The Sympathizer, won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It tells the story of a man of two minds, whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. His 2016 nonfiction work, Nothing Ever Dies, examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today. This stellar panel will speak to AAPI diversity, defiance, and dignity, and how literature can give tangible voice to Asian Americans.