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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...more


“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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Birds of Paradise Lost
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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 ..." Read more of this blog post »
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" Andrew Lam writes beautifully about contemporary Asian America as well as the upheavals he experiences as a young refugee from the Vietnam War. Some of the essays about pop culture are already dated but still interesting to read. I'd been looking... " Read more of this review »
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" "The stories that focus on immigrants themselves are alternately tragic and humorous.... While our sympathies remain with the victims, Lam’s events and characters twist, often uncomfortably so." - Richard Henry, SUNY Potsdam

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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
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date: March 21, 2013 06:00PM
location: Mechanic Institute Library, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, The United States
description: The thirteen stories in Birds of Paradise Lost shimmer with humor and pathos as they chronicle the anguish, joy and bravery of America's newest Americans, those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area. The past memories of war and its aftermath-- murder, arrest, re-education camps, escape, shipwreck, and atrocity-- is ever present in these wise and compassionate stories. Andrew Lam intricately renders the false starts and revelations in the struggle for integration,...more
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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.”
Andrew Lam, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres

“Anything is bearable if you can make a story out of it...”
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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

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