news.newamericamedia.org http://news.newamericamedia.org news.newamericamedia.org en-us New California Media DW Alliance LLC http://www.dwalliance.com Give Me The Gun A Reflection on Exile and the Boston Marathon Bombings http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=0205c44425ab844b78e8863876decc2b&from=rss I am now seven years older than my father was when he came to California at the end of the Vietnam War I have been an American writer and journalist for over two decades I am here to tell you that the war though it ended so long ago doesnt endand for children from wartorn countries the Old World its memories and turmoil sometimes calls out for our blood Andrew Lam Boom 2014-04-14T18:29:00-08:00 Essay Foreword Vietnam 40 Years Later http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=46b3497b25a5e2a37d634dd1a998e9b6&from=rss As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches photographer Robert Dodge offers us a compelling new view of Vietnam in his new book of photography Vietnam 40 Years Later Below is the foreword that Andrew Lam a former refugee wrote for that book Andrew Lam New America Media 2014-04-07T13:40:00-08:00 Essay The Palmist A Short Story from Birds of Paradise Lost http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=a8cd7e3e0c43ca65123a79605df674fe&from=rss The Palmist is a short story collected in Andrew Lams latest book Birds of Paradise Lost It was published in March of 2013 and won a PenJosephine Miles Literary Award and is currently a finalist for First Fiction of the California Book Award 2014 It was read on Selected Shorts by Tonywinner James Naughton and by the author himself on American Public Media Thestoryorg Andrew Lam Redhen Press 2014-04-02T00:01:00-08:00 Short Story The Impulse to Travel http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=023420f4363595ebdfd348e6171dcf25&from=rss I remember standing on tiptoe on a chair next to the opened fridge with my hands in the freezer compartment scraping at the frost until my fingers were numbed Even then with eyes closed and a modest snowball in my palm I had begun to travel or perhaps I was trying to commune with my worldly father Andrew Lam New America Media 2014-03-07T07:17:00-08:00 Essay Lost And Found In Translation Three Authors Find Their Place Through Literature http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=379e93f8c8332c099988c78895946e22&from=rss Growing up author Andrew Lam struggled to make sense of his Vietnamese identity at home and his American identity at school SUZETTE GRILLOT KGOU 2014-03-06T11:58:00-08:00 Interview Andrew Lam reading Show Tell from his book Birds of Paradise Lost http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=4157d86504fa60a83d696a383fc9b1ec&from=rss Author Andrew Lam reads from his book Birds of Paradise Lost Andrew Lam New America Media 2014-02-21T16:13:00-08:00 Short story Thailand Has Reached Political Fork In the Road http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=d827cf3c9ead6935c04ff11f44839e72&from=rss BANGKOK At a recent rally here denouncing the caretaker government of Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu Thai party Nga Nguyen a Vietnamese tourist looked down from the overpass of the Asok train station at thousands of protesters and shook her head Vietnam has no democracy and Thailand is throwing it away she said It makes you wonder if its a real democracy at all Andrew Lam New America Media 2014-02-16T09:04:00-08:00 News analysis The Bamboo Ceiling Hollywood Shuns Asians While New Media Embraces Them http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=02267d3d619a353f33c32f8d3d33e1b7&from=rss In a recent New Yorker cartoon a dog is shown lounging by a pool and saying to a pup Youtubes one thing but cats will never make it on the big screen A funny commentary surely but in America that statement could just as easily be applied to ethnic minorities especially Asian Americans Andrew Lam New America Media 2014-01-26T02:08:00-08:00 Commentary Yes Indeed San Francisco is Made of Gold http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=1eb8e40e39480aa8b39da8d3966225f2&from=rss This has become a common complaint San Francisco indeed the whole Bay Area is now facing an enormous dilemma The economy is booming once again after a long bout of recession but theres no affordable space left Andrew Lam New America Media 2014-01-09T16:45:00-08:00 Commentary For New Generation of American Expats East Asia Beckons http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=fb2eba4001c2a516914eec6b9a587683&from=rss After losing a lucrative job in 2001 in San Francisco Ted decided instead of moving home to live in Hong Kong where he fell in love Andrew Lam New America Media 2014-01-07T08:51:00-08:00 Essay Letter from Cairo Arab Winter and Revolutionary Regrets http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=d7f507d0d0ea4e8dc5a9c9003cc2a458&from=rss Since then the country has been racked by violent protests and a growing power struggle between Islamists on the one hand and a military led by notorious strongman Gen Abdel elSisi Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-12-18T07:27:00-08:00 News analysis Remembrances A Childs Christmas in Dalat Vietnam http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=ffcf399e226c561a211a9e5723305301&from=rss Wild orchids and colored painted pine cones these things I remember of Christmas in Vietnam Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-12-15T10:41:00-08:00 Essay Moon Goddess and Jade Rabbit How Science and Spirituality Commingle http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=7217d7d5345e71e8360cb5826dc9edcf&from=rss Science after all dethrones all the old known gods The Hubble telescope and then later on the Kepler telescope our amazing eyes in the sky have found at least 150 billion galaxies many of them still being formed Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-12-09T02:00:00-08:00 Globalization The World Changes America http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=20c5dc41b1d99996dfb5bd0cf2ff0f21&from=rss Many other original cultures and languages and traditions continue to thrive despite the powers of Hollywood Think Korean movies Balinese dancers kung fu acupuncture and a myriad of cultural practices these will not simply wash away because CNN and MTV are accessible now to the peasant in his mud hut Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-12-04T05:19:00-08:00 Commentary Dear EScammer Yes Send Me Your Money http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=280d7e5f033b8a781f2adeef6f726159&from=rss When someone claiming to belong to royalty pitches you over the Internet and wants access to your bank account so they can dump illicit money into it how should you respond Well heres mine a bit tongue in cheek as an exile prince from the onetime kingdom of An Nam offering his humble answer Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-11-22T12:59:00-08:00 Commentary The Invisible Refugees Internally Displaced People http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=fbfd43ed2c0f883b3a9465ba59920086&from=rss For every Syrian who escaped the civil war in his or her homeland by crossing international borders there are three more displaced within the country Those who manage to leave become refugees Those who stay behind remain invisible Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-11-13T01:19:00-08:00 News analysis A Nostalgic America Haunted By Ghosts http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=2bf47a98dda4c650be3b87ec90b9d2ce&from=rss But the bright and shiny ghostless land that Mr Fei saw in World War IIera America is long gone The America that believed in technology as a solution to all things that believed in upward mobility as the norm that saw itself as defender of the world from evil has become almost a century later a landscape where ghosts comfortably dwell Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-10-30T14:51:00-08:00 Commentary Even the Dead Travel in the Age of Globalization http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=5ea0ec1279983e094beb25a7d66a2535&from=rss Til death do us part that ageold marriage vow has always sounded a little well noncommittal to Confucian ears In Vietnam for instance where I come from death is not the end of relationships it only deepens them Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-10-27T20:08:00-08:00 Essay Pan Asia The Cultural Sphere Expands http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=1dacf9bf3d3f64c9bb264142d276074d&from=rss Nichkhun is a Pan Asian star a citizen of an increasingly borderless cultural sphere with Seoul more or less at its center Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-10-11T10:37:00-08:00 Commentary Review of Birds of Paradise Lost in New Page http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=cdae0fd0097b8238201282433dad1516&from=rss The refugee boat is not simply an element of transition in Lams stories but the embodiment of hell itself a sort of Rubicon that must be crossed an experience that refuses to be exiled from memory Michael CayloBaradi New Page 2013-10-02T13:21:00-08:00 Review Peony Pavilion the Romeo and Juliet of the East http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=c9d3a7175d2c9941468ca8786116ba41&from=rss Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-09-25T13:12:00-08:00 News Feature Andrew Lam reads The Palmist from his book Birds of Paradise Lost http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=1f59b0ad0e53667e4fffcbbf840df832&from=rss The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of Americas newest Americans the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area The pastmemories of war and its aftermath of murder arrest reeducation camps and new economic zones of escape and shipwreck and atrocityis ever present in these wise and compassionate stories Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-09-18T13:39:00-08:00 Reading from book Birds of Paradise Lost Andrew Lam reads Grandmas Tales from his collection Birds of Paradise Lost http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=6669a83f3a5c31d82292c54b6095c773&from=rss The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of Americas newest Americans the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area The pastmemories of war and its aftermath of murder arrest reeducation camps and new economic zones of escape and shipwreck and atrocityis ever present in these wise and compassionate stories It plays itself out in surprising ways in the lives of people who thought they had moved beyond the nightmares of war and exodus It comes back on TV in the form of a confession from a cannibal it enters the Vietnamese restaurant as a Vietnam Vet with a shameful secret it articulates itself in the peculiar tics of a man with Tourettes Syndrome who struggles to deal with a profound tragedy Birds of Paradise Lost is an emotional tour de force intricately rendering the false starts and revelations in the struggle for integration and in so doing the human heart Andrew Lam The Story 2013-09-17T17:17:00-08:00 Reading from book Birds of Paradise Lost Nina Davuluri is the Future of America http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=fd2588378bbdce922f5703c6a4fdca00&from=rss Nina Davuluri is the first IndianAmerican to hold the title of Miss America and it should be something for all Americans to celebrate Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-09-16T23:10:00-08:00 SAT Scores and Asian American Academic Achievements http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=665276945ed87e831358d1aad7af8a99&from=rss Asian American students are scoring higher than ever before and on the average this population has seen their score rise by a shocking 41 points Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-09-12T11:27:00-08:00 Commentary Smoking is an Epidemic in Vietnam http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=9553871da61c4ce5f898921992920525&from=rss took cigarette offers and in fact bought some for others Et voil the conversation began to flow But Id come back to my hotel reeking of tobacco smoke nightly Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-08-29T19:08:00-08:00 Blog Voice of America Andrew Lam and San Francisco and Vietnamese memories http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=4f164dffa78a79bfef3186477ccae969&from=rss The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of Americas newest Americans the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area The pastmemories of war and its aftermath of murder arrest reeducation camps and new economic zones of escape and shipwreck and atrocityis ever present in these wise and compassionate stories Andrew Lam VOA 2013-08-20T14:12:00-08:00 Radio Interview Tiphares vs Elysium Welcome to the Age of Appropriation http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=e1ddee767e52bca745cda9518449b178&from=rss Elysium is the latest Hollywood production that shows how the Information Age has become the Age of Appropriation Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-08-19T01:40:00-08:00 Commentary Immigration Stories That Will Belong to America http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=b7f4b704af8e5113f50ebe34836437fe&from=rss The thirteen stories in Lams most recent collection Birds of Paradise Lost are populated by refugees of the Vietnam War who came to the Bay Area as well as their children and friendsbut each story is a world unto itself Anna Challet Tikkun 2013-08-14T15:42:00-08:00 Review Birds of Paradise Lost now available on Kindle http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=d2a63ac5597d1584b937c1a8c1f3a9a8&from=rss The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of Americas newest Americans the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area The pastmemories of war and its aftermath of murder arrest reeducation camps and new economic zones of escape and shipwreck and atrocityis ever present in these wise and compassionate stories It plays itself out in surprising ways in the lives of people who thought they had moved beyond the nightmares of war and exodus It comes back on TV in the form of a confession from a cannibal it enters the Vietnamese restaurant as a Vietnam Vet with a shameful secret it articulates itself in the peculiar tics of a man with Tourettes Syndrome who struggles to deal with a profound tragedy Birds of Paradise Lost is an emotional tour de force intricately rendering the false starts and revelations in the struggle for integration and in so doing the human heart Andrew Lam Red Hen Press 2013-08-12T23:27:00-08:00 Short stories My American Beginning Learning a New Language Seeing A Future http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=11639cff44b40cb99964ecc0aa823e93&from=rss For years on my writing desk sat a framed little card yellow with age and it told of my American beginning Its a picture of a sloop and under it the word Sailboat is written Mr Kaeselau my first teacher in America gave it to me along with a deck of similar cards many decades ago when I was in 7th grade and fresh from Vietnam Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-08-01T17:37:00-08:00 BlogReview 2013 Commencement Address at UCI by Andrew Lam http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=1e93343401b6e96c75873cef2b96a2b7&from=rss On Friday June 14 AndrewLam delivered a commencement speech to graduating seniors at UC Irvine School of Humanities and received the School of Humanities Medal in recognition of distinguished contributions to the Humanities Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-07-29T00:37:00-08:00 Speech SALAD DAYS REMEMBERING GRANDMA http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=b53266c58dcc8523cb07224de01e2f32&from=rss For a period of a month sometime ago I became a vegetarian Some people wont eat meat because they think its cruel to animals or because of health concerns My reason is a little different it is love Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-07-25T08:29:00-08:00 Essay Big Mac Wont Satisfy Vietnamese Desire for Human Rights http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=74dc60ca9c29d1a8579d535299f4cd49&from=rss Vietnam specializes in irony Its president Truong Tan Sang is due to visit the White House this Thursday where hes expected to request a lifting of the US ban on lethal weapons sales to his country while also seeking support for a bid to join the UN Human Rights Council Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-07-24T13:46:00-08:00 commentary Asian Immigrant and Eating Habits During Lean Times http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=af32a5a8e19f9ff00fad0e053420c22a&from=rss A regular meal at the Wangs Steam chicken with ginger fried tofu fish in black bean sauce stir fry bok choy in garlic fresh fruit Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-07-20T09:14:00-08:00 BlogReview Race in the News A RoundupAndrew Lams Birds of Paradise Lost http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=9476df99b5251cbf97327480aaa765b4&from=rss George Zimmermans acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin sparked protests around the country over the weekend and ignited a national conversation about race and justice WBAI WBAI 2013-07-15T08:52:00-08:00 Radio Interview Getting Lost An Interview with Author Andrew Lam http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=a79203abeb2885a9258b4da62f5bde70&from=rss What can fiction do that nonfiction cant It can get into the secret lives of people reveal their inner thoughts and yearnings and get closer to the human experience and beyond I can be a lot more versatile writing fictionspeaking in a voice of an old man or an angry teenager or a traumatized woman I can embody their lives in a way a journalist cant Birds of Paradise Lost was cathartic for me to write as I got to really let go of my own ego live someone elses life and get at the core of their suffering Michelle Chen Culture Strike 2013-07-15T08:52:00-08:00 QA My Journey Home Finding My Great Grandfathers Grave and Cao Dai Religion http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=568601d19ebd1b458e36fa0a4e08a5ae&from=rss We are descendants of Mr Lam Quang Ty my sister Nancy tells the group of dark skinned old men in white pajamas They are sitting on the tile floor at the entrance of the famous and colorful Holy See better known as Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh province bordering Cambodia Were here to look for his grave and to pay tribute Nancy continues Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-07-14T11:20:00-08:00 Travel Blog The Breaking Point Sacrificing All for the Sake of Education http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=3bdc6cf180722a4705ab4c7740234a25&from=rss Anna Challet New America Media 2013-07-05T07:05:00-08:00 Commentary Privacy Is Lost And We Are All To Blame http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=f74e04f4d528c8b1727b0524e8957779&from=rss In other words Americans dont want to be groped or scanned dont want our personal spaces invaded but were willing to endure both in the name of security Such is the contract between the people and the state in the new post911 America Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-07-02T13:46:00-08:00 For College Grads Friendly Advice and Tender Warnings http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=77fc0971c42e05c6bec70843aabdd439&from=rss On Friday June 14 New America Media editor and author Andrew Lam delivered a commencement speech to graduating seniors at UC Irvine What follows is a portion of that speech Andrew Lam 2013-06-15T03:56:00-08:00 Speech Post Tiananmen Chinas Body Image Shifts From Cultural to Sexual Revolution http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=e5fb75ed5be1d0b0f48845da26dcfb09&from=rss There came a startling moment when everything shifted A man carrying two plastic bags one in each hand stood directly in the path of a column of armored tanks effectively preventing them from proceeding down the avenue toward Tiananmen Square in Beijing Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-06-03T08:29:00-08:00 Andrew Lam on War Peace Vietnam and America http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=e1ab9f0bff834705412d64f083943900&from=rss Andrew Lam is an editor with New America Media and the author of Perfume Dreams Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West Writing in Two Hemispheres His latest book Birds of Paradise Lost a collection of short stories about Vietnamese refugees struggling to rebuild their lives in California was published March 2013 He spoke at the Vietnam War Symposium at Eau Clair in Wisconsin last year Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-05-31T12:58:00-08:00 Speech EnglishLanguage Manual Opens Up Kung Fu Secrets to West http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=c2006a4c881d64e483b2f7438df9e493&from=rss Lam Chunfai a master of Hung Kuen is the first to publish a fighting manual in English boosting the martial arts crossover appeal Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-05-26T07:36:00-08:00 The Tragedy of Self Immolation No One Cares http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=299613c7456dafca67dcc1c4e5f6a73c&from=rss In a world where individuals leverage more power online than in the public square it may be that to live burning with desire for change regardless of the oppression and humiliation is the real challenge to becoming actual agents of change in the world So why not live instead And find new paths that call attention to the suffering of ones cause Find a way to force the worlds attention once more back onto the stage and evoke pity and horror in us all Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-05-16T11:27:00-08:00 Opinion Who Will Light Incense When Mothers Gone http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=2144b00105b2f9d9648f1b4e557269ef&from=rss My mother suffers from dementia and forgetfulness now and is growing frail but her ways remain forever devoted to traditions to distant memories to ancestors worshipping and family Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-05-11T10:50:00-08:00 Essay They Shut The Door on My Grandmother http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=c16cb06c57e060e25dac8b4f6e36b6d9&from=rss When someone dies in the convalescent home where my grandmother lives the nurses rush to close all the patients doors Though as a policy death is not to be seen at the home she can always tell when it visits The series of doors being slammed shut reminds her of the firecrackers during Tet Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-05-08T14:24:00-08:00 Essay Andrew Lams Birds of Paradise Lost Immigrants Experience and Literature http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=b99afdb3b5087fc77fe0c0ab03c39113&from=rss A widow whose husbands killer becomes a customer in her restaurant a man who discovers he can dial his old house in Vietnam simply by picking up the phone and a father raising his young daughter alone in a California housing project after his wife dies on the boat crossing The characters in Andrew Lams new book of short stories Birds of Paradise Lost Red Hen Press may have left Vietnam behind but they are unable to escape the trauma that accompanied their departure APFs Leyla Mei sat down with the author to talk about nostalgia and memory hatred and forgiveness and sadness and loss Andrew Lam is a journalist and writer He is an editor and cofounder of New American Media and blogs regularly at Huffington Post His book Perfume Dreams Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award Andrew Lam WBAI 2013-05-01T13:09:00-08:00 M7865 Vi7879t Nam 417i chng con v7851n cn 273y http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=5bce209e0577b39cb897172b5a14a128&from=rss L7901i bi ht 2737847y tnh c7843m ny th7881nh tho7843ng tr7903 v7873 trong ti 2737863c bi7879t l khi ti ngh297 v7873 C7897ng 2737891ng Vi7879t Nam h7843i ngo7841i v m7889i quan h7879 ph7913c t7841p c7911a h7885 v7899i qu nh Andrew Lam Cairo Review 2013-04-28T09:25:00-08:00 Boston Bombers The Denial of American Grandeur http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=065db766b9ebd61ed1171b7c4d9a8f89&from=rss As the story of the Tsarnaev brothers unfolds from asylum to attempts at assimilation and finally to terrorism I hear echoes of another set of brothers from my own country Vietnam Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-04-25T22:33:00-08:00 Commentary Whats in A Name A Vietnamese Immigrants Perspective http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=5f077ba989e223106d0888b644cfa689&from=rss Many immigrants change names when they come to the US but some dont Andrew Lam thinks its a good mental challenge to keep many names and manage them Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-04-16T09:38:00-08:00 Commentary Dropping the i Word History Humanity and Martians http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=fab4eccee37b068c6355e3e576d9cd23&from=rss In early April the Associated Press announced that it would no longer use the word illegal when referring to undocumented immigrants The decision has been hailed by immigrant rights groups and others who say the term is a pejorative that dehumanizes large swaths of the US population immigrant and nativeborn alike Below authors Andrew Lam Helen Zia and Chitra Divakaruni offer their own views on the term illegal through the lens of the immigrant experience Andrew Lam Helen Zia Chitra Divakaruni New America Media 2013-04-14T12:20:00-08:00 Essays Andrew Lams Birds of Paradise Lost Immigrants Experience and Literature http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=3ac58ecf4f6ce3c259f70d49a72b771e&from=rss Sometimes I wondered what was ahead for Lams Vietnamese immigrants More frequently I was intrigued by their past though I rarely knew which direction to look Skillfully the author led me to an understanding of his complex characters by slowly revealing their secret struggles and histories In each story he foreshadows the conclusion by peeling back history in carefully measured bits Lindajoy Fenley ChicoSol 2013-04-09T11:02:00-08:00 Review Andrew Lam Language Memory Bliss http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=a8c929f9781d3fcb0464864fe9f5b925&from=rss Karin Davidson New America Media 2013-04-08T11:03:00-08:00 QA Andrew Lam at San Jose State University March 20 noon to introduce Birds of Paradise Lost http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=e7561ef40c52729b5286bcaa81cc7b67&from=rss The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of Americas newest Americans the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area The pastmemories of war and its aftermath of murder arrest reeducation camps and new economic zones of escape and shipwreck and atrocityis ever present in these wise and compassionate stories It plays itself out in surprising ways in the lives of people who thought they had moved beyond the nightmares of war and exodus It comes back on TV in the form of a confession from a cannibal it enters the Vietnamese restaurant as a Vietnam Vet with a shameful secret it articulates itself in the peculiar tics of a man with Tourettes Syndrome who struggles to deal with a profound tragedy Birds of Paradise Lost is an emotional tour de force intricately rendering the false starts and revelations in the struggle for integration and in so doing the human heart Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-03-12T16:00:00-08:00 Reading from book Birds of Paradise Lost Two Years on Remembering The Fukushima Disaster http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=9ea30fca36174294ff94890800678762&from=rss The letter below written in Vietnamese by an immigrant who was working in Fukushima as a policeman to a friend in Vietnam and it was published in newspapers and circulated on the Internet a week or so after the incident It is an extraordinary testimony to the strength and dignity of the Japanese spirit and an interesting slice of life near the epicenter of Japans current crisis the Fukushima nuclear power plant I translated and published it on New America Media two weeks after the disaster struck on March 11 2011 I am reposting it here on the occasion of the twoyear anniversary of the Tohoku disaster Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-03-10T04:00:00-08:00 Letter Immigration Stories Andrew Lams Birds of Paradise Lost http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=458b2d99e394d35ae69cfb01c6aaf766&from=rss Andrew Lams Birds of Paradise Lost captures the universal immigrant experience where versions of paradise are both lost and gained through the very particular experience of the refugees who fled Vietnam during the Fall of Saigon in 1975 Nina Sankovitch Huffington Post 2013-03-06T12:00:00-08:00 BlogReview Nhng Cu Chuyn Di Dn s Thuc V X M Ni Chuyn vi nh vn Andrew Lm http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=4b77d5bdc64132b4066534cc1ce330be&from=rss Andrew Lacircm taacutec gi ca cun hi kyacute quotPerfume Dreams Nhng Phn Aacutenh V Ngi Vit Hi Ngoiquot vagrave biecircn tp viecircn thuc hng New America Media mt thi gian dagravei hai mi nm atilde lagravem necircn tecircn tui 2013-03-06T12:00:00-08:00 Wades Reviews Birds of Paradise Lost by Andrew Lam http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=5d4b293c6d87e93f57248d8dd444a517&from=rss ndrew Lam one of my favorite writers has often demonstrated his journalists ability to see the broad themes in the most particular of situations Wade Goodreads 2013-03-04T15:00:00-08:00 Interview with Andrew Lam on Forum KQED http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=21c6c2b84b90e49365599e20cc983001&from=rss Author Andrew Lam says he robbed his Vietnamese parents of their American Dream the day he told them he wanted to be a writer and not a doctor But years later Lams writing still centers on his Vietnamese roots Lam joins us to talk about his new book Birds of Paradise Lost which focuses on Vietnamese immigrants and their struggles to integrate in the Bay Area Lam is editor of New America Media the countrys first and largest national collaboration and advocate of ethnic news organizations Host Michael Krasny See more at httpwwwkqedorgaforumR201302271000sthashrAnnJS9Idpuf Andrew KQED 2013-03-03T04:00:00-08:00 Radio Interview Threat from Space is Real But Man Stands Better Chance Than the Dinosaurs http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=db260690b1072065da8129723a0db7f1&from=rss The threats of meteorites hitting the earth are just the latest reminder that the destiny of human kind is in outer space Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-02-17T04:00:00-08:00 News analysis Remembering A Broken Romance on Valentines Day http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=c0d5c2dc67c77fd0f442f2115f2f1ac2&from=rss Remembering A Broken Romance on Valentines Day Andrew Lam author of the new book Birds of Paradise Lost remembers his break up Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-02-14T10:00:00-08:00 Memoir Setting the Records Straight on South Vietnam An ARVNGeneral Remembers http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=970741a7fc0921d188d6bbbd3f9f9c75&from=rss orn in the Mekong Delta in 1932 to a wealthy landowning family Thi Quang Lam spent 25 years in the army and rose to the rank of lieutenant general in the Republic of Vietnam by the time the Vietnam War ended In Vietnam he obtained a French baccalaureate in French philosophy and later in the United States an MBA During his military service he was awarded the Vietnamese National Order The US Legion of Merit and the Korean Order of Chung Mu He currently lives in Fremont Calif He talked to his son Andrew Lam an editor with New America Media Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-02-13T04:00:00-08:00 Interview Goal Shifts to Keeping Aging Drivers at the Wheel http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=8fbe910a5115b54f8b94c38433b55ee2&from=rss Photo Lynne Stickley of Floridaamprsquos Charlotte County Emergency Management left talks with Port Charlotte resident Tess Canja a participant in the CarFit program to train seniors to drive more safely Copyright HeraldTribuneSARASOTA FlaWearing an orange safety vest Michelle Harris stands 2013-02-07T04:00:02-08:00 Tina Turner Applies for Swiss Citizenship http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=6688f5342ee8921c74fa7f048215d4b1&from=rss Singer Tina Turner is giving up her American passport to become a citizen of Switzerland according to news reportsampldquoI am very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here I could not imagine a better place to liveamprdquo Turner 2013-02-06T15:00:02-08:00 LA Targets Korean Birth Tourists http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=27acf20dc9fe5b30c58c96cbc8748ebd&from=rss For certain privileged Korean momstobe their babyamprsquos first gifts arenamprsquot toys rattles or clothes Itamprsquos US citizenshipAll it takes is 50000 and a threemonth trip to the US but authorities here are about to make things tougher for this unwelcomed 2013-02-06T14:00:04-08:00 How Immigration Reform Could Expand Incarceration of Immigrants http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=279133e78b6744d5a8aaa7e2ad1bd047&from=rss ampnbspThe House made its first formal foray into immigration reform yesterday at a lengthy Judiciary Committee hearing in which Republicans struck a familiar chord Despite recordsetting deportation levels in recent years Republican members of the committee were in broad agreement 2013-02-06T14:00:03-08:00 Navajo Nation Declares State of Emergency Over Water Shortages http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=1753243cf158dbc9ac48c0fc05f0b9f5&from=rss The Navajo Nation is facing such severe water shortages due to frozen waterlines rundown water storage containers and weatherdamaged water systems that President Ben Shelly has declared a state of emergency for the reservationHe signed an emergency resolution on Friday 2013-02-06T14:00:02-08:00 Affordable Health Care Act can help push for Medicare portability http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=7d6356b2b3f463282d9bc48d7d80cc00&from=rss ampnbspLOS ANGELES ampndash More and more elderly FilAms who are qualified for retirement benefits are now looking to spend their ampldquogolden yearsamprdquo of retirement abroad especially in their home country the PhilippinesWith global banking systems allowing retirees to receive 2013-02-06T13:00:02-08:00 Pew Majority of Mexican Immigrants Havent Applied for Citizenship http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=3cc43fab7643e168f6790774892aab34&from=rss Nearly twothirds of the 54 million legal immigrants from Mexico who are eligible to become citizens of the United States have not yet taken that step Their naturalization rateampmdash36ampmdashis only half that of legal immigrants from all other countries combined 2013-02-06T12:00:03-08:00 Silicon Valley Energy Company Busted for Underpaying Mexican Workers http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=cae41b8ae4a95554f4e4b420e4a70f42&from=rss SAN FRANCISCO The Sunnyvalebased clean energy company Bloom Energy Corp has been ordered by a judge to pay 31922 in back wages and an equal amount in damages to 14 Mexican workers According to an investigation by the US 2013-02-06T12:00:02-08:00 Stranger Than NonfictionAuthor Andrew Lam Busts the Online Homework Racket http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=ea856c21ad580404bef76211f4c1ada6&from=rss Dear Mr Lam I loved your essay The Palmist but I cant figure out what the main theme is Is it dying and being all alone My teacher suggests I read more of your writing Im glad I found you online Thank you very much for your help Andrew Lam New America Media 2013-02-06T12:00:00-08:00 Essay Senators Letter Calls for Humane Immigration Reform http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=851ab9fcbafa25f1ca06dff77f1db74a&from=rss WASHINGTON Four Democratic Senators circulated a letter to their colleagues Wednesday laying out the civil and human rights values they believe should be considered as Congress discusses immigration reform The letter obtained by ImpreMedia comes a week before the 2013-02-06T11:00:02-08:00 Cambodias Death Tourism ExKings Passing Exposes Spectacular Grief Ritual http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=3290c91f7192c11f12909d62d3527b1a&from=rss Photo Image from the public mass for the late exking Sihanouk in Phnom Penh Photograph courtesy Bishan Samaddar from his album ampldquoMourning SihanoukamprdquoPHNOM PEHN CambodiaThe manager at the hotel in Phnom Penh was deeply apologetic Norodom Sihanouk the former king 2013-02-06T04:00:08-08:00 Stranger Than NonfictionAuthor Andrew Lam Busts the Online Homework Racket http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=5b2cf9800c48687b7d1a50d4bc0a3c7a&from=rss SAN FRANCISCOampldquoDear Mr Lam I loved your essay The Palmist but I canamprsquot figure out what the main theme is Is it dying and being all alone My teacher suggests I read more of your writingamphellip Iamprsquom glad I 2013-02-06T04:00:02-08:00 Atlanta Family Mourned Police Probe Possible MurderSuicide http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=930d036e96d2ef8fe4c01c4dda32412a&from=rss ampnbspMembers of metro Atlantas Sikh community are turning to prayer ampmdash and each other ampmdash as they mourn the loss of four family members whose bodies were found in their suburban apartmentShivinder Singh Grover 52 and his wife Damanjit Kaur 2013-02-06T02:00:02-08:00 WORDS FROM THE WISE Americas Oldest Park Ranger Brings Black History to Life http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=f7b473ab03368892535d10571385c919&from=rss Photo Betty ReidSoskinRICHMOND CalifBetty ReidSoskin is Americaamprsquos oldest National Park Ranger and one of the most beautiful people I have met in Richmond Calif across the bay from San Francisco I had the pleasure of meeting her recently as she 2013-02-05T04:00:02-08:00 Rosa Parks Stamp on American History http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=682d4fa2b5b06979c7003b68af8666b2&from=rss Image The new Rosa Parks ampldquoforever stampamprdquoNEW YORKTo honor the centennial of the birth of Rosa Parks on Feb 4 1913 the United States Postal Service has issued a Rosa Parks stamp Last year a stone carving of Parks was 2013-02-04T15:00:03-08:00 Energy Secretary Chu To Step Down http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=8c51942c2d5afab1993f71aec944ac4a&from=rss ampnbspWASHINGTON ampmdash US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has announced his decision not to serve a second termThe Nobel Prize winner is one of three Asian Americans who has served in the Cabinet during President Obamaamprsquos first term along with 2013-02-04T15:00:02-08:00 President Obama Endorses Rep Mike Honda for Reelection http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=f5ab19933377c6ec9a77d46584f315f4&from=rss ampnbspWASHINGTON DCSAN JOSE CA ampmdash President Barack Obama has issued the following statement endorsing Representative Mike Honda CA17 for reelection in 2014ampldquoCongressman Mike Honda is the right leader for the 17th district Together weamprsquove worked hard these last four years 2013-02-04T13:00:03-08:00 FilAms set to lobby for immigration reform http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=43c88134a741d1bfbdb2e38f93f9374b&from=rss In the wake of the unveiling of an immigration policy amplsquoblueprintamprsquo agreed upon by a bipartisan group of Senators FilipinoAmericans in the United States are now looking to make a strong push for immigration reform through amplsquoaggressive lobbyingamprsquo in Washington 2013-02-04T13:00:02-08:00 Little Saigon Tet Parade Board of Organizers Stop discriminating against VA LGBTs from participating in the Tet parade http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=74df605bfc2d8a44bc98a58914e33ae7&from=rss ampnbspampquotOn behalf of the Partnership of Vietnamese LGBT Organizations we are asking for your support in investigating the Little Saigon Tet Parade Board of Organizers for discriminatory practicesampquot writes changeorg to Tet organizers in Little Saigon Orange County Ca ampquot 2013-02-04T12:00:03-08:00 Voter Registration Has an Ugly History and Some Want to Revive It http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=4c32247a315369a11dd8807f14f7f197&from=rss ampnbspDespite the clear fail of voter suppression efforts and the strong resolve of voters last year rightwing forces are still determined to make voting harder And despite the clear need for modernizing voter registration conservative election officials are zeroing in 2013-02-04T12:00:02-08:00 Pemex Explosion a Test for Mexicos New President http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=db04b759ba897817140bac060d41c8f4&from=rss The explosion that left dozens dead at the headquarters of Pemex in Mexico City is a test for the brandnew administration of Enrique Peampntildea Nieto one that involves some of the thorniest issues transparency and oilFirst of all the government 2013-02-04T11:00:03-08:00 Ravens Hold Off 49ers Comeback Attempt http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=28fba5bedb03014cee4dea5a9f2fbfca&from=rss Joe Flacco was named Super Bowl XLVII MVP after leading the Baltimore Ravens to a thrilling 3431 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football Leagueamprsquos 47th Super Bowl on Feb 3 hosted at the MercedesBenz Superdome in 2013-02-04T11:00:02-08:00 Zeke Montes Hispanic Print Pioneer Dies at Age 64 http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=1921e457f9c699193d132812c8f353e9&from=rss Ezequiel ampquotZekeampquot Montes Jr president of the National Association of Hispanic Publications NAHP and Tele Guia publisher and CEO passed away on Tuesday Jan 29 from complications due to pneumonia He was surrounded by his family at the time of 2013-02-04T10:00:03-08:00 AfricanAmerican Unemployment Rate 138 Percent in January http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=e7aaf69ed1b0ca2b2fdac8b9660c173c&from=rss The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for African Americans in January was lower than it was in December but higher when compared to the same month a year agoThe US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday morning that the jobless rate 2013-02-04T10:00:02-08:00 In Riverside County Spanish Speaking Counselors a Must http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=d4a8222b22c86e144a9f41b02c8c61ce&from=rss FONTANA Calif As the number of native Spanish speakers in California public schools rises experts and educators alike say access to culturally competent counselors is key to future academic success But with recent cutbacks to counsling programs across the 2013-02-04T04:00:02-08:00 Innovative Nebraska Program Brings Diversity To Highly Segregated Public Schools http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=2b83a1f7e356edd9c53ddc68884b69f3&from=rss Photo Fifth graders Alyx and Nolan survey the afterschool offerings at the diverse dynamic Wilson Focus School in Omaha NebraskaOMAHA Fifthgrader Alyx has trouble naming the ampldquoabsolute coolestamprdquo thing about Wilson Focus School part of an innovative educational model 2013-02-03T11:00:02-08:00 Rushdie Ban Reveals the Shameful Truth about Kolkata http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=4981c2f4287ce926058cfd8eacb3bf9e&from=rss ampnbspampldquoI hate Calcuttansamprdquo the young woman in the row behind me whispered loudly to her friend sitting next to herWe were at the Jaipur Literature Festival and someone had risen from the audience to share a commentampldquoI am soandso from 2013-02-03T04:00:04-08:00 A Once Undocumented Immigrant Reflects Upon Obamas Plan http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=f8cb1ade21a93fb2d6b9eb6daa17704c&from=rss In a packed high school gym in Las Vegas Nevada President Barack Obama calmly spoke on the real possibility of comprehensive immigration reform As I sat in my chair just 15 feet away from the president I was trying to 2013-02-03T04:00:02-08:00 As Spains Economy Worsens Young Adults Flock to Mexico for Jobs http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=b82b479d536073612333d26becb33435&from=rss PHOTO Young Spaniards on Avenida Insurgentes in Mexico CityampnbspFrom left to right and top row to bottom rowampnbspLorenzo Baladrampoacuten Rafael Avalos Toni Marampiacute Alejandro Santos Almudena Barragampaacuten Claudia Munaiz Guadalupe Dampiacuteaz Cristina Cabrero y Sandra Durampaacuten photo by Pradip 2013-02-02T04:00:05-08:00 Life Death and Immigration Reform http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=b0c84f820b7de1f8f0c87a6cc3939d1c&from=rss ampnbspA family members cancer bout made this writer see how border wars divert attention from larger issuesThe Root The man who tried to save my young cousins life was born in Mexico At age 19 he hopped the fence 2013-02-02T04:00:03-08:00 Arizona Recall Group Says Arpaio Hijacked Republican Party http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=9f6621e6361ba9ad6d7024819115f3c8&from=rss PHOENIX Respect Arizona a newly formed bipartisan political committee headed by Republican attorney William James Fisher announced at a press conference in Phoenix on Thursday that they have until May 30 to gather 335317 signatures that would trigger a 2013-02-01T22:00:02-08:00 Michigan Reverses Itself on Drivers Licenses for DACA Recipients http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=e566e9e705f522faf0e345b7b3302eab&from=rss In a reversal of its previous position the Michigan Secretary of States office said Friday it would begin issuing drivers licenses to immigrants who qualify for the federal governments Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals DACA program Michigans original position to 2013-02-01T17:00:03-08:00 Immigration Reform Two Steps Forward One Step Back http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=a27df637e1467fec3c421027612fba65&from=rss For those who were waiting for news on the comprehensive immigration reform front Mondayamprsquos proposal by the Senateamprsquos socalled amplsquoGang of 8amprsquo which includes both Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Robert Menendez seemed a bipartisan first stepTuesdayamprsquos proposal by President 2013-02-01T16:00:04-08:00 Obama to Univision Im Not a King http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=abf6b972a8a982c4189f736d706fa008&from=rss President Obama who was interviewed this week on Univision and Telemundo said he hopes to pass immigration reform this year When asked whether he would consider a moratorium on deportations of noncriminals Obama told Univision ampquotIm not a kingampquot In 2013-02-01T11:00:02-08:00 Aging Boomers with HIV Teaching Doctors to Keep Them Independent http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=6976c504e5db346a363da4072686e546&from=rss Photo and Radio Michael Palumbaro holds his cat Lucky at home in Philadelphia Click here to see the photo slideshow by Emma LeeWHYY NewWorks and hear Carolyn Beeleramprsquos public radio reportPHILADELPHIABy 2015 according to the Centers for Disease Control and 2013-02-01T04:00:08-08:00 A GroundEye View of the Valley of Deportation PART 2 http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=d8866e11fb3823ca32c36a3033176b21&from=rss ampnbspEDITORS NOTE Jesampuacutes E Valenzuela Fampeacutelix is a blogger and reporter from Coachella CA currently living in Salinas and working for the United Farm Workers Foundation His blog ampquotThe Diary of Joaquampiacuten Magampoacutenamprdquo appears regularly on the youthled community news 2013-02-01T04:00:02-08:00 Immigration Plan Disappoints Undocumented Filipino Students http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.php?article_id=57f20119fcda17be2c4e3162bc961897&from=rss Undocumented Filipino students benefited from President Barack Obamaamprsquos deferred action policy which has allowed them to temporarily stay and work in the countryNow they are calling on the president for permanent solutions to their immigration woesBut after hearing the bipartisan 2013-01-31T18:00:05-08:00