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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.

My Mother's Memories: On Aging and Food

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam May 10, 2014

#mother'sday #mothersday Five years ago, my mother, who is now 81, was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer's, and her short-term memories are almost non-existent.

Online Portal Documents Vietnam’s Human Rights Abuses

New America Media, Andrew Lam May 10, 2014

Despite recent economic advances, Vietnam continues to languish when it comes to improving its human rights record, activists say. A new English-language online news portal, Vietnam Right Now, looks to inform readers on the Communist country’s human rights situation, including updates on prisoners of conscience and others jailed for speaking out. Vietnam Right Now Editor Hao-Nhien Vu is a former editor with the Los Angeles-based Nguoi-Viet newspaper. He spoke with NAM’s Andrew Lam about the publication and the day-to-day human rights abuses in Vietnam that it plans to cover.

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, doesn’t end—and for children from war-torn countries, the Old World, its memories and turmoil, sometimes calls out for our blood.

Foreword: Vietnam 40 Years Later

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam Apr 07, 2014

As the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, photographer Robert Dodge offers us a compelling new view of Vietnam, in his new book of photography: Vietnam 40 Years Later. Below is the foreword that Andrew Lam, a former refugee, wrote for that book.

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