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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, Sotloffs mother released a video pleading with the head of ISIS for his release.

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

LARB, Book review, Joy Horrowitz Aug 27, 2014

Lams 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.

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.

Vietnam in a Quandary: China's Aggression, America's Seduction

New America Media, Q&A, Andrew Lam Jul 15, 2014

The deployment of a Chinese oil rig within Vietnam's territorial waters about 120 nautical miles east of Vietnam's Quang Ngai province early in May added to a persistent pattern of Chinese aggression in the Asia Pacific, spanning four decades. It includes the occupation of the Paracel Islands in 1974 and of the Spratly archipelago in 1979.

Q&A: Nigeria Kidnappings -- Who Are the Boko Haram?

New America Media, Andrew Lam May 10, 2014

ditors Note: Professor Michael Watts teaches geography at UC Berkeley and is the author of many books, including Silent Violence: Food, Famine, and Peasantry in Northern Nigeria and Curse of the Black Gold: 50 Years of Oil in the Niger Delta. He spoke to NAM editor Andrew Lam about the recent kidnappings of more than 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria by the radical group known as Boko Haram, and the apparent inability of the Nigerian government to either prevent or respond to their crimes. At the time of this writing, 276 of the girls that were kidnapped three weeks ago remain in captivity while 53 have escaped. On Tuesday, Nigerian officials reported that the group had struck again, abducting 11 more schoolgirls in the countrys northeast region.

Give Me The Gun - A Reflection on Exile and the Boston Marathon Bombings

Boom, Essay, Andrew Lam Apr 14, 2014

I am now seven years older than my father was when he came to California at the end of the Vietnam War. I have been an American writer and journalist for over two decades. I am here to tell you that the war, though it ended so long ago, doesnt endand for children from war-torn countries, the Old World, its memories and turmoil, sometimes calls out for our blood.

The Invisible Refugees - Internally Displaced People

New America Media, News analysis, Andrew Lam Nov 13, 2013

For every Syrian who escaped the civil war in his or her homeland by crossing international borders, there are three more displaced within the country. Those who manage to leave become refugees. Those who stay behind remain invisible.

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.

Privacy Is Lost, And We Are All To Blame

New America Media, Andrew Lam Jul 02, 2013

In other words, Americans dont want to be groped or scanned, dont want our personal spaces invaded, but were willing to endure both in the name of security. Such is the contract between the people and the state in the new, post-9/11 America.

Andrew Lam on War, Peace, Vietnam and America

New America Media, Speech, Andrew Lam May 31, 2013

Andrew Lam is an editor with New America Media and the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. His latest book, Birds of Paradise Lost, a collection of short stories about Vietnamese refugees struggling to rebuild their lives in California, was published March, 2013. He spoke at the Vietnam War Symposium at Eau Clair in Wisconsin last year.

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