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For Freelancers, Growing Opportunity and Risk

New America Media, News analysis, Andrew Lam Aug 27, 2014

he recent beheading of freelance journalist James Foley (pictured above) by militants from the Islamic State highlights the growing dangers that freelance reporters covering conflict zones face. NAM Editor Andrew Lam writes the paring back by media of foreign correspondents in these regions has opened up new opportunities – and increased dangers – for freelancers like Foley and Steven Sotloff, who disappeared while covering the conflict in Syria in 2012. On Wednesday, Sotloff’s mother released a video pleading with the head of ISIS for his release.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: How I Found Myself at UC Berkeley

New America Media, Profile, Andrew Lam Jul 15, 2014

Pelaud had always been an outsider. Born in 1965 to a French father and a Vietnamese mother who didn’t speak much French, she grew up in rural France feeling isolated, both geographically and culturally. She had trouble making friends and didn’t do well in school. No one believed that she would amount to much.

Andrew Lam's Birds of Paradise Lost: Immigrants Experience and Literature

ChicoSol, Review, Lindajoy Fenley Apr 09, 2013

Sometimes I wondered what was ahead for Lam's Vietnamese immigrants. More frequently, I was intrigued by their past, though I rarely knew which direction to look. Skillfully, the author led me to an understanding of his complex characters by slowly revealing their secret struggles and histories. In each story, he foreshadows the conclusion by peeling back history in carefully measured bits.

What One 23-Year-Old Taught Us

Dec 31, 2012

She was 23. She came from Ballia from Eastern Uttar Pradesh. She was a paramedical student. On 16 December, she thought she was boarding a bus. But in fact, she was boarding a nightmare. That nightmare has ended in Singapore.That...

Peru Reverses Ban on Police in Same-Sex Relationships

Dec 17, 2012

The Peruvian government on Friday reversed a ban on police officers being in same-sex relationships just days after the ban was passed, El Peruanu reports.The legislative decree stated that officers in same-sex relationships that "scandalized" the Peruvian police forces and...

Supreme Court to Review Prop 8, DOMA

Dec 07, 2012

 The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will review two major cases related to marriage equality. One is a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal statute that denies same-sex couples the same federal benefits and...

The Big Military Story No One Wants to Talk About Right Now: Rape

Nov 19, 2012

 Salacious details of Gen. David Petraus’s adulterous relationship with biographer Paula Broadwell—and all of the attendant sexist framing—have eclipsed a much more important military story.Yesterday, the Air Force imposed what it calls a “wingman policy” requiring its trainees at the...

All’s Not Fair in Sex and War: Petraeus Sex Scandal & the US Army

Nov 17, 2012

Long before coming to America, the first English phrase I ever uttered was, oddly enough: “No money, no honey.” The painted girls in impossibly tight, colorful miniskirts who strutted on the sidewalks near my school in downtown Saigon said it...

All’s Not Fair in Sex and War

Nov 17, 2012

Long before coming to America, the first English phrase I ever uttered was, oddly enough: “No money, no honey.” The painted girls in impossibly tight, colorful miniskirts who strutted on the sidewalks near my school in downtown Saigon said it...

Transgender Immigrant Fears for Her Life If Deported

Nov 02, 2012

Traducción al españolEditor’s Note: Since 2009, Honduras has seen a spike in hate crimes and murders of members of the transgender community. For one Honduran immigrant who is applying for asylum, the fight to stay in the United States could...

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