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Immigrant Voices

How immigrants in America view their experiences amid national debates on immigration. For more information on Immigrant Voices, contact Elena Shore at eshore [at] newamericamedia [dot] org.

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Who Will Light Incense When Mother's Gone?

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam, May 11, 2013

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: Language, Memory, Bliss

New America Media, Q&A, Karin Davidson, Apr 08, 2013


Two Years on, Remembering The Fukushima Disaster

New America Media, Letter, Andrew Lam , Mar 10, 2013

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 Japan's 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 two-year anniversary of the Tohoku disaster.

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.

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.

My Journey Home: Reflections On The Vietnamese Diaspora

New America Media, Travel Blog, Andrew Lam, Aug 29, 2012


Journalist Andrew Lam on Indiana Public Media

Indiana Public Media, Q&A, Gena Asher, Aug 24, 2012

Andrew Lam is a journalist, commentator for NPRs All Things Considered, and an editor with New America Media, a national collaboration of 2,000 ethnic news organizations. His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers including the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Education of a Vietnamese American Writer by Andrew Lam and

Los Angeles Review of Books, Review/Excerpts, Andrew Lam, May 12, 2012


When Did Immigrants Become the Enemy?

New America Media, Article, Andrew Lam, Apr 22, 2012


Post 9/11, Is Coming to America Still Worth the Journey?

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Sep 08, 2011


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