Literature prof is honoured with prestigious Polanyi Prize
Vinh Nguyen researches how former refugees advocate for and support other refugees
Vinh Nguyen researches how former refugees advocate for and support other refugeesBy Beth Gallagher University Relations
A Waterloo literature professor has been awarded a prestigious Polanyi Prize this year for his research that challenges traditional narratives of the refugee experience. Vinh Nguyen, an assistant professor of Diaspora Literatures and East Asian Studies at Renison University College, examines how refugee stories shape public perception and policy. Nguyen, who fled Vietnam as a child refugee, researches how former refugees stand in solidarity with other refugees.
The John Charles Polanyi Prizes were established in 1987 to honour the achievement of John Charles Polanyi, a 1986 Nobel Prize Laureate in chemistry. More information about Nguyen’s story can be found in the Waterloo Magazine feature story.