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My Journey Home: Finding My Great Grandfather's Grave and Cao Dai Religion

New America Media, Travel Blog, Andrew Lam Jul 14, 2013

"We are descendants of Mr. Lam Quang Ty," my sister Nancy tells the group of dark skinned old men in white pajamas. They are sitting on the tile floor at the entrance of the famous and colorful Holy See, better known as Cao Dai Temple in Tay Ninh province, bordering Cambodia. We're here to look for his grave and to pay tribute," Nancy continues.

The Tragedy of Self Immolation - No One Cares

New America Media, Opinion, Andrew Lam May 16, 2013

In a world where individuals leverage more power online than in the public square, it may be that to live burning with desire for change regardless of the oppression and humiliation is the real challenge to becoming actual agents of change in the world. So why not live instead? And find new paths that call attention to the suffering of ones cause. Find a way to force the worlds attention once more back onto the stage and evoke pity and horror in us all.

Latina Immigrants: The New Ambassadors of Islam

Jan 18, 2013

Tucked away in a quiet rural neighborhood in Somerset, New Jersey is an old brownstone that houses the New Jersey Chapter of the Islamic Center of North America’s (ICNA) WhyIslam Project. Within its confines, in a second floor office decorated...

Salad Days: Becoming a Vegetarian to Remember Grandma

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Oct 22, 2012

For a period of a month sometime ago I became a vegetarian. Some people won't eat meat because they think it's cruel to animals, or because of health concerns. My reason is a little different: it is love.

Vietnamese Pastor Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

Aug 01, 2012

 Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh was sentenced to 11 years in prison by the Gia Lai provincial court in a rushed trial where there was no defense counsel. After this trial he plans to appeal.Pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh, 43, was accused...

Gambling Episode Gives Bad Name to Korean Buddhism

May 17, 2012

The recent scandal involving gambling Buddhist monks could not have erupted at a worse time for the proponents of spreading Korean Buddhism globally.Modern Korea is not a predominantly Buddhist country, but the nation has practiced and nurtured its own brand...

Muslim Americans to NYPD: Enough Already, the Commish Must Go

Jan 28, 2012

 On Tuesday the New York Times reported that the New York Police Department showed nearly 1,500 of its officers “The Third Jihad,” a 72-minute documentary that casts Muslim Americans as ubiquitously engaged in “a strategy to infiltrate and dominate America.”...

Rediscovering the Joy of Quiet: Thank You, Pico Iyer

Jan 07, 2012

When a friend forwarded me Pico Iyer’s recent New York Times essay The Joy of Quiet, I was squashed in the back of a Maruti shuttle van on the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass of Kolkata, a congested piece of roadway that...

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