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Stress, Vietnamese-Style

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Sep 15, 2014

At an ultra-chic bar called Nam Kha, a well-dressed woman in her mid-twenties named Tram tells me that she's "si-tret." She speaks Vietnamese but switches to English for a word heard often here. There is no equivalent word in her language. The closest you can get is cang thang than kinh--tension of the mind.

Robin Williams - A Genius Who Named Everything, Except His Own Depression

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Aug 14, 2014

Robin Williams once joked that death is natures way to let you know that your table is ready. Its not funny now that the comedian overrode nature by grabbing the table without waiting for the matre d. But if his suicide has any silver lining, its that depression and mental illness are now being talked about more openly.

A Hidden Tragedy -- Mental Illness and Suicide Among Asian Americans

New America Media, Andrew Lam Jul 15, 2014

What do Jiwon Lee, Kevin Lee, and Andrew Sun have in common? Sadly, they are three Asian Americans college students who killed themselves in high profile cases in April at prestigious universities.

My Mother's Memories: On Aging and Food

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam May 10, 2014

#mother'sday #mothersday Five years ago, my mother, who is now 81, was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's, and her short-term memories are almost non-existent.

Smoking is an Epidemic in Vietnam

New America Media, Blog, Andrew Lam Aug 29, 2013

took cigarette offers and, in fact, bought some for others. Et voil, the conversation began to flow. But I'd come back to my hotel reeking of tobacco smoke nightly.

Affordable Health Care Act can help push for Medicare portability

Feb 06, 2013

 LOS ANGELES – More and more elderly Fil-Ams, who are qualified for retirement benefits, are now looking to spend their “golden years” of retirement abroad -- especially in their home country, the Philippines.With global banking systems allowing retirees to receive...

As Beyoncé Endorses Soda, Youth Warn of the ‘Sugar Zombies’

Jan 18, 2013

Ed. Note: Organized in the fall of 2012, the Soda Sucks anti-advertising campaign, sponsored by New America Media, invited youth from across California to “outsmart the soda advertisers.” Soda Sucks awards were contested in two categories: poster and spoken word/video....

Health Reform Proving a ‘Lifeline’ for the Uninsurable

Jan 18, 2013

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - After having had private health insurance since he was 24 years old, Doug Ogden noticed in 2009 that his premiums “were spiking at a crazy rate,” pricing him out of the market. That aside, he...

For One Family, ACA Brings Health and Hope

Jan 16, 2013

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Celisa Figueroa, 22, spends her days working full time at a coffee shop in San Diego to support herself and her two-year-old daughter. Still, she says without her mother’s health insurance, she would not have...

Fear of Deportation Takes its Toll on LB Immigrants

Jan 10, 2013

 Long Beach residents Joel H. and Rigoberto M. are undocumented fathers with children in the United States and in their respective homelands of Honduras and Mexico. They’re both here to work, and they both avoid normal social interaction because they...

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