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Bao Nguyen, Rabble Rouser Transforming Politics in Little Saigon

New America Media, News analysis, Andrew Lam Dec 09, 2014

This week, Bao Nguyen takes office as mayor of Garden Grove. He is the city’s first Vietnamese American mayor and its youngest ever to hold that office, having beat out his opponent and six-time incumbent Bruce Broadwater by just 15 votes.

Political Parties Ignore API Vote at Their Peril

New America Media, News Analysis, Andrew Lam Oct 22, 2014

In Orange County, California, home to Little Saigon and the largest Vietnamese American population outside of Vietnam, a whopping 19 Vietnamese American candidates are vying for 20 open seats this November. For the community, ethnic loyalties are helping to galvanize an electorate largely ignored by Republicans and Democrats alike. It’s a pattern playing out in API communities across the country.

On Having an Accent in America

New America Media, blog, Andrew Lam Oct 16, 2014

Why Candidates Shouldn’t Ignore Asian American Voters

New America Media, News Analysis, Andrew Lam Oct 13, 2014

Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) are a fast-growing population and as a voting bloc, their numbers have nearly doubled since 2000, but political candidates continue to ignore them, according to a new study.

Hong Kong’s ‘Che’ Points at the Collapsing Facade of Elitist Hong Kong

New America Media, News analysis, Yoichi Shimatsu Oct 04, 2014

Wide-eyed in astonishment, the guards at Kowloon’s Lai Chi Kok prison stepped aside out of respect for their most prominent visitor ever. His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Zen is the senior prelate of the 350,000-member Catholic diocese, power-broker in the Vatican’s conservative wing, a beacon of hope for the underground church in mainland China, and spiritual head of Hong Kong’s pan-democratic alliance.

In Celebration of the Karaoke, Vietnamese Style

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Sep 23, 2014

Below is an excerpt from Andrew Lam's book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, published in 2010. Sadness and joy and yearnings and stories of broken hearts all found expression through this interactive entertainment contraption, For many Vietnamese it's a godsend.

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.

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