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On Having an Accent in America

New America Media, blog, Andrew Lam, Oct 16, 2014


In Celebration of the Karaoke, Vietnamese Style

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Sep 23, 2014

Below is an excerpt from Andrew Lam's book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, published in 2010. Sadness and joy and yearnings and stories of broken hearts all found expression through this interactive entertainment contraption, For many Vietnamese it's a godsend.

Life Elsewhere: A review of "Birds of Paradise Lost"

LARB, Book review, Joy Horrowitz, Aug 27, 2014

Lam’s real focus, in these stories, is somewhere along the intersection of freedom and bloodshed. Such a place is inherently chaotic, and you can look at these stories as a means of mediating the many contradictions therein. Reading them now — as we witness the fall of yet another US-backed regime, this one in the deserts of Iraq instead of the jungles of Saigon (not to mention the ongoing dispatches from Israel and the Gaza Strip) — reminds us that, from one generation to the next, war is the legacy that interrupts our dreams and defines our futures.

Finding My Voice, Seeing a Future

New America Media, Speech TEDX, Andrew Lam, Jul 28, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Andrew Lam describes the struggles he faced and how they've led to new opportunities. Through the crises he encountered as a child refugee, Lam found the root of his emptiness, and now uses his words to help those who face the same problems he once conquered.

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.

How Andrew Lam Became a Writer

New America Media, Jul 16, 2014

In my struggle to overcome grief and confusion, I found my self. And when I spoke up for those that couldn’t, I found my tongue. And when I told stories of those oppressed and suffering in obscurity, I found my voice, and my direction in life.

Finding My Voice, Seeing a Future

New America Media, Video, Andrew Lam, Jul 16, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Andrew Lam describes the struggles he faced and how they've led to new opportunities. Through the crises he encountered as a child refugee, Lam found the root of his emptiness, and now uses his words to help those who face the same problems he once conquered. Andrew is a writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and, for 8 years, a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America.

The Palmist: A Short Story from Birds of Paradise Lost

Redhen Press, Short Story, Andrew Lam, Apr 02, 2014

The Palmist is a short story collected in Andrew Lam's latest book, Birds of Paradise Lost. It was published in March of 2013 and won a Pen/Josephine Miles Literary Award and is currently a finalist for First Fiction of the California Book Award 2014. It was read on Selected Shorts by Tony-winner James Naughton, and by the author himself on American Public Media, Thestory.org

Lost (And Found) In Translation: Three Authors Find Their Place Through Literature

KGOU, Interview, SUZETTE GRILLOT, Mar 06, 2014

Growing up, author Andrew Lam struggled to make sense of his Vietnamese identity at home and his American identity at school.

Andrew Lam reading "Show & Tell" from his book, "Birds of Paradise Lost"

New America Media, Short story, Andrew Lam, Feb 21, 2014

Author Andrew Lam reads from his book, Birds of Paradise Lost."

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