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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 Lam’s stories, but the embodiment of hell itself, a sort of Rubicon that must be crossed, an experience that refuses to be exiled from memory.

'Peony Pavilion,' the Romeo and Juliet of the East

New America Media, News Feature, Andrew Lam Sep 25, 2013


Andrew Lam reads "The Palmist", from his book, Birds of Paradise Lost

New America Media, Reading from book, Birds of Paradise Lost, Andrew Lam Sep 18, 2013

The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of America’s newest Americans, the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past—memories of war and its aftermath, of murder, arrest, re-education camps and new economic zones, of escape and shipwreck and atrocity—is ever present in these wise and compassionate stories.

Andrew Lam reads Grandma's Tales from his collection Birds of Paradise Lost

The Story, Reading from book, Birds of Paradise Lost, Andrew Lam Sep 17, 2013

The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish and joy and bravery of America’s newest Americans, the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past—memories of war and its aftermath, of murder, arrest, re-education camps and new economic zones, of escape and shipwreck and atrocity—is 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 Tourette’s 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.

SAT Scores and Asian American Academic Achievements

New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam Sep 12, 2013

Asian American students are scoring higher than ever before, and on the average this population has seen their score rise by a shocking 41 points.

Smoking is an Epidemic in Vietnam

New America Media, Blog, Andrew Lam Aug 29, 2013

took cigarette offers and, in fact, bought some for others. Et voilà, the conversation began to flow. But I'd come back to my hotel reeking of tobacco smoke nightly.

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 America’s newest Americans, the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past—memories of war and its aftermath, of murder, arrest, re-education camps and new economic zones, of escape and shipwreck and atrocity—is ever present in these wise and compassionate stories.

Immigration Stories That Will Belong to America

Tikkun, Review, Anna Challet Aug 14, 2013

The thirteen stories in Lam’s most recent collection, Birds of Paradise Lost, are populated by refugees of the Vietnam War who came to the Bay Area, as well as their children and friends—but each story is a world unto itself.

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 America’s newest Americans, the troubled lives of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past—memories of war and its aftermath, of murder, arrest, re-education camps and new economic zones, of escape and shipwreck and atrocity—is 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 Tourette’s 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.

My American Beginning: Learning a New Language, Seeing A Future

New America Media, Blog/Review, Andrew Lam Aug 01, 2013

For years, on my writing desk sat a framed little card, yellow with age, and it told of my American beginning. It's a picture of a sloop, and under it the word "Sailboat" is written. Mr. Kaeselau, my first teacher in America, gave it to me along with a deck of similar cards many decades ago when I was in 7th grade, and fresh from Vietnam.

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