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2013 Commencement Address at UCI by Andrew Lam

New America Media, Speech, Andrew Lam Jul 29, 2013

On Friday, June 14, AndrewLam delivered a commencement speech to graduating seniors at UC Irvine School of Humanities, and received the School of Humanities Medal in recognition of distinguished contributions to the Humanities.

SALAD DAYS: REMEMBERING GRANDMA

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam Jul 25, 2013

For a period of a month sometime ago I became a vegetarian. Some people wonít eat meat because they think itís cruel to animals, or because of health concerns. My reason is a little different: it is love.

Big Mac Won't Satisfy Vietnamese Desire for Human Rights

New America Media, commentary, Andrew Lam Jul 24, 2013

Vietnam specializes in irony. Its president, Truong Tan Sang, is due to visit the White House this Thursday, where heís expected to request a lifting of the U.S. ban on lethal weapons sales to his country while also seeking support for a bid to join the UN Human Rights Council.

Asian Immigrant and Eating Habits During Lean Times

New America Media, Blog/Review, Andrew Lam Jul 20, 2013

A regular meal at the Wangs: Steam chicken with ginger, fried tofu, fish in black bean sauce, stir fry bok choy in garlic, fresh fruit.

Race in the News: A Roundup/Andrew Lamís Birds of Paradise Lost

WBAI, Radio Interview, WBAI Jul 15, 2013

George Zimmermanís acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin sparked protests around the country over the weekend and ignited a national conversation about race and justice.

Getting 'Lost' - An Interview with Author Andrew Lam

Culture Strike, Q&A, Michelle Chen Jul 15, 2013

What can fiction do that non-fiction canít? It can get into the secret lives of people, reveal their inner thoughts and yearnings, and get closer to the human experience and beyond. I can be a lot more versatile writing fictionóspeaking in a voice of an old man or an angry teenager or a traumatized woman. I can embody their lives in a way a journalist canít. Birds of Paradise Lost was cathartic for me to write, as I got to really let go of my own ego, live someone elseís life, and get at the core of their suffering.

For College Grads, Friendly Advice and Tender Warnings

Speech, Andrew Lam Jun 15, 2013

On Friday, June 14, New America Media editor and author Andrew Lam delivered a commencement speech to graduating seniors at UC Irvine. What follows is a portion of that speech.

Post Tiananmen: China's Body Image Shifts From Cultural to Sexual Revolution

New America Media, Andrew Lam Jun 03, 2013

There came a startling moment when everything shifted. A man carrying two plastic bags, one in each hand, stood directly in the path of a column of armored tanks, effectively preventing them from proceeding down the avenue toward Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Andrew Lam on War, Peace, Vietnam and America

New America Media, Speech, Andrew Lam May 31, 2013

Andrew Lam is an editor with New America Media and the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. His latest book, Birds of Paradise Lost, a collection of short stories about Vietnamese refugees struggling to rebuild their lives in California, was published March, 2013. He spoke at the Vietnam War Symposium at Eau Clair in Wisconsin last year.

Who Will Light Incense When Mother's Gone?

New America Media, Essay, Andrew Lam May 11, 2013

My mother suffers from dementia and forgetfulness now, and is growing frail, but her ways remain forever devoted to traditions, to distant memories, to ancestors worshipping and family.

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