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Yes, Indeed, San Francisco is Made of Gold

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Jan 09, 2014

This has become a common complaint. San Francisco -- indeed, the whole Bay Area -- is now facing an enormous dilemma: The economy is booming once again after a long bout of recession, but there's no affordable space left.

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.

Birds of Paradise Lost now available on Kindle

Red Hen Press, Short stories, Andrew Lam Aug 12, 2013

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.

Threat from Space is Real, But Man Stands Better Chance Than the Dinosaurs

New America Media, News analysis, Andrew Lam Feb 17, 2013

The threats of meteorites hitting the earth are just the latest reminder that the destiny of human kind is in outer space.

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.

In Small-Town Conn., a History of Youth Suicides

Dec 17, 2012

Although there is no way to understand what was going on in Adam Lanza’s head, I felt a sense of recognition for the troubled face seen in the news clips. No, I did not identify or sympathize with him, but...

Salad Days: Becoming a Vegetarian to Remember Grandma

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Oct 22, 2012

For a period of a month sometime ago I became a vegetarian. Some people won't eat meat because they think it's cruel to animals, or because of health concerns. My reason is a little different: it is love.

21st Century Man and the Electronic Halls of Mirrors

Sep 02, 2012

A tragic and disturbing story from last week involved tweeting. A young woman who was being stalked tweeted her impending doom a few days before her murder. "So scared right now," and "I got me an uglyass stalker" were some...

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