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Andrew Lam

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Andrew Lamis 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.

Lam's first short story collection, “Birds of Paradise Lost” was published March 01, 2013 and won a Gold Medal from UC Irvine for contributions to the humanities as well as a Pen/Josephine Miles Literary Award.

His book of essays, "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres" was published in September 2010 and was listed as top 10 Indies of 2010 by Shelf Unbound Magazine. He’s working on a novel.


His book, "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora" has recentl
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“HOW DIFFICULT IS IT,” Andrew Lam asks in his hypnotic and hilarious short story collection Birds of Paradise Lost, “to let the past go?” Nearly 40 years after the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War, that question lurks in every corner of Lam’s beautiful book. Just as Vietnamese fairy tales are happy in the middle and sad at the end, this light-dark-light-dark-again collection remind... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on August 31, 2014 12:01 • 65 views • Tags: american-dream, birds, book, immigration, literature, review, stories, war
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" A collection of short stories, each beautiful on their own, come together to form a wonderfully sad, funny, and insightful look at a generation of people displaced from their homeland.
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"Given to me by a friend, I thank her for this GOOD read hehe. The stories were beautifully written. All compelling in their own. "
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"Raised in the Bay Area by Vietnamese immigrants, I found the book inspiring. My parent's generation is not the sharing type, and these short stories that are filled with complex, relatable, identifiable characters, perhaps give a little insight to..." Read more of this review »
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“Precious things lost are transmutable. They refuse oblivion. They simply wait to be rendered into testimonies, into stories and songs.”
Andrew Lam, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora

“He knew it even before he could fully articulate it: between East and West lay a terrain that needed to be charted by stories, fused by his new eyes and imagination, and he needed to tell those stories if he ever hoped to be whole again.”
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“When one loses someone one loves, with whom one shares a private life, a private language, a private world, one loses an entire country, one becomes an exile.”
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Sheabody Hello, Andrew,

Thank you for accepting my friend request. I have your book, "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora", on my Amazon Wish List. Perhaps I'll get it this Christmas.

I was born in Cholon in 1971. I went by a different name in Vietnam. Grew up in Long Beach, California (1980-1989). Attended Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH) 1989-1993, studying English, Asian/American/Asian-American history, music, and a bunch of other unrelated impractical subjects. Post-college worked a bunch of related and unrelated jobs that did or did not reflect my quality and quantity of education. But that's okay. Nobody ever says on his death bed that he wishes he had spent more time at the office.

I have corresponded with Andrew X. Pham online since 2009. He's a cool guy, eh? I actually copy-edited his two self-published books, "A Culinary Odyssey" and "Theory of Flight". I felt very honored that he asked me to do it. The experience looks great on my resume, though now I just use my resume to decorate my wall. I made 100 copies of my resume and plastered them all over my home office wall. I used to plaster another wall with job reject letters. I am currently working on my first Great American Novel. Dunno when I will finish writing that but when I do I do not expect to get too many rejects, and I have no wall left to plaster publisher reject letters, so I better not get any publisher reject letters! :-)

I currently live in the Siberian Tundra and sometimes go cross-country skiing in the North Pole. We have been getting a lot of below-freezing temps lately. I am so used to snow that when I visit Vietnam, I think 100°F is hot.

Have a good weekend!

Sheabody Butter


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