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Finding My Voice, Seeing a Future

New America Media, Speech TEDX, Andrew Lam Jul 28, 2014

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Andrew Lam describes the struggles he faced and how they've led to new opportunities. Through the crises he encountered as a child refugee, Lam found the root of his emptiness, and now uses his words to help those who face the same problems he once conquered.

Dear E-Scammer: Yes, Send Me Your Money

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Nov 22, 2013

When someone claiming to belong to royalty pitches you over the Internet and wants access to your bank account so they can dump illicit money into it, how should you respond? Well, here's mine, a bit tongue in cheek as an exile prince from the one-time kingdom of An Nam, offering his humble answer

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.

Review of Birds of Paradise Lost in New Page

New Page, Review, Michael Caylo-Baradi Oct 02, 2013

The refugee boat is not simply an element of transition in Lams stories, but the embodiment of hell itself, a sort of Rubicon that must be crossed, an experience that refuses to be exiled from memory.

Voice of America: Andrew Lam and San Francisco and Vietnamese memories

VOA, Radio Interview, Andrew Lam Aug 20, 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.

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.

They Shut The Door on My Grandmother

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam May 08, 2013

When someone dies in the convalescent home where my grandmother lives, the nurses rush to close all the patients' doors. Though as a policy death is not to be seen at the home, she can always tell when it visits. The series of doors being slammed shut reminds her of the firecrackers during Tet.

What's in A Name? A Vietnamese Immigrant's Perspective

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Apr 16, 2013

Many immigrants change names when they come to the US but some don't. Andrew Lam thinks it's a good mental challenge to keep many names and manage them.

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