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Immigration Stories: Andrew Lam's Birds of Paradise Lost
Huffington Post, Blog/Review, Nina Sankovitch, Mar 06, 2013
Andrew Lam's 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.
Setting the Records Straight on South Vietnam: An ARVNGeneral Remembers
New America Media, Interview, Andrew Lam, Feb 13, 2013
orn in the Mekong Delta in 1932 to a wealthy land-owning 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 U.S. 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.
Rosa Parks' Stamp on American History
Feb 04, 2013
Image: The new Rosa Parks “forever stamp.”NEW YORK--To 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...
Vietnam: Crackdown on Critics Escalates
Jan 31, 2013
"The Vietnamese government is systematically suppressing freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly, and persecuting those who question government policies, expose official corruption, or call for democratic alternatives to one-party rule," according to Human Rights Watch today it its World...
Revive Oakland! Economic Opportunity Should be Accessible to Everyone
Jan 30, 2013
Jessica Lopez is an impressively focused 17-year-old. For two years, she went to campaign meetings after school and on weekends, attended city council hearings late into the night, and did her homework after that, sometimes until two in the morning....
Foremost Viet Composer Pham Duy Passed Away
Jan 27, 2013
 Phạm Duy, a prolific musician whose life and career spanned some of the most turbulent parts of Vietnamese history, passed away Sunday at his home in Vietnam, eight years after returning to his birth country from Orange County. He was...
Vietnam and the Cell Phone Revolution
New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Jan 15, 2013
For years Vietnam has been a major producer and exporter of cheap cell phones. In 2010, it reportedly exported $2.3 billion worth of phone sets. Two years later, that figure jumped dramatically to $8.63 billion, up 122 percent from a year earlier.
Vietnam and the Cell Phone Revolution
Jan 14, 2013
 Vietnam, a police state where freedom of expression can come with a multi-year prison term, is awash in cell phones. Whether for talking, texting or taking photos, Vietnamese are buying up mobile devices at a rate exceeding the country’s...
Vietnam Sentenced 14 Democracy Activists to Years in Prison
Jan 09, 2013
According to the Vietnamese Redemptorist website, police arrested and assaulted many people when they flocked to attend the trial of 14 Vietnamese patriots.According to state media, this is "the trial of criminal cases with 14 defendants respectively Ho Duc Hoa,...
Birds of Paradise Lost
Red Hen Press, Book, Andrew Lam , Dec 22, 2012
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, re-education 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.
The ABCs of Hmong
Dec 20, 2012
Photo: First graders in the Hmong immersion program at Susan B. Anthony Elementary work on their writing and vocabulary. Photo by Andria Lo SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- At Susan B. Anthony Elementary, Mr. Vue’s kindergarteners sit on a brightly colored...
After Newtown, Teachers Are the New Heroes
New America Media, Comen, Andrew Lam , Dec 18, 2012
Long ago in my native homeland, Vietnam, I used to bow. As a grade school student, with arms folded, and eyes staring at my sandaled feet, I would mumble, Thua thay! Greetings Teacher! whenever I'd run into a teacher in the hallway or enter a classroom.
After Newtown, Teachers Are the New Heroes
Dec 18, 2012
Long ago in my native homeland, Vietnam, I used to bow. As a grade school student, with arms folded, and eyes staring at my sandaled feet, I would mumble, “Thua thay!” – Greetings Teacher! – whenever I'd run into a...
No Relief For Iraqi Refugees, One Year After U.S. Withdrawal
Dec 17, 2012
Five years ago the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) described the Iraqi refugee crisis as “the largest long-term population movement in the Middle East since the displacement of Palestinians following the creation of Israel in 1948." Not...
A Year After US Troops Withdraw From Iraq, Fog of War Thickens
New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam , Dec 11, 2012
Robert McNamara, former secretary of defense under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and chief architect of the Vietnam War, once recalled his experience with Vietnam as a kind of fog. "What the fog of war means," he said, "is that war is so complex it's beyond the ability of the human mind to comprehend all the variables. Our judgment, our understanding are not adequate, and we kill people unnecessarily."

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