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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.

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

LARB, Book review, Joy Horrowitz Aug 27, 2014

Lam’s 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.

In Asia, Cheating to the Test

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Aug 19, 2014

CNN recently reported that college applications from Chinese foreign students to the US sounded exactly the same.

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.

The Asian Elephant Vanishes: Once Revered Animal Becomes Consumer Product

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Jul 18, 2014

In Asia, there's an ongoing irony that deepens as the natural world dwindles to the size of a parking lot. Wild animals, once revered and assigned all kinds of spiritual meaning, are increasingly ending up as the main entrée or as decorations for the rich.

How Andrew Lam Became a Writer

New America Media, Jul 16, 2014

In my struggle to overcome grief and confusion, I found my self. And when I spoke up for those that couldn’t, I found my tongue. And when I told stories of those oppressed and suffering in obscurity, I found my voice, and my direction in life.

Finding My Voice, Seeing a Future

New America Media, Video, Andrew Lam Jul 16, 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. Andrew is a writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and, for 8 years, a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America.

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.

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.

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.

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