Global Culture

NAM original coverage, youth media stories and ethnic media articles on global society and culture. For more information on NAM global culture coverage, contact Andrew Lam at alam [at] newamericamedia [dot] org..

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After MH17: I Am Committed to International Travel More Than Before

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Jul 24, 2014

I love to travel. But I travel these days with this knowledge: There's always a chance that you won't reach your destination.

Foreword: Vietnam 40 Years Later

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam, Apr 07, 2014

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.

The Impulse to Travel

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam, Mar 07, 2014

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.

For New Generation of American Expats, East Asia Beckons

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam, Jan 07, 2014

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.

Globalization: The World Changes America

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Dec 04, 2013

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.

A Nostalgic America, Haunted By Ghosts

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Oct 30, 2013

But the bright and shiny ghost-less land that Mr. Fei saw in World War II-era 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.

Pan Asia: The Cultural Sphere Expands

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam , Oct 11, 2013

Nichkhun is a Pan Asian star, a citizen of an increasingly borderless cultural sphere with Seoul more or less at its center.

Post Tiananmen: China's Body Image Shifts From Cultural to Sexual Revolution

New America Media, Andrew Lam, Jun 03, 2013

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.

English-Language Manual Opens Up Kung Fu Secrets to West

New America Media, Andrew Lam, May 26, 2013

Lam Chun-fai, a master of Hung Kuen, is the first to publish a fighting manual in English, boosting the martial art’s crossover appeal.

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 America’s newest Americans, the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past—memories of war and its aftermath, of murder, arrest, re-education camps and new economic zones, of escape and shipwreck and atrocity—is 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 Tourette’s 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.

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