World Cafe 2013
Join us for a lively evening of conversation and cross-cultural dialogue! Drawing upon your knowledge, experience, and ideas, we’ll explore questions that matter to those of us who share a connection to Vietnam and the Vietnamese-American community.
This year’s theme, “All lines Come Together, Tell a Story” is based on an excerpt from author Andrew Lam, our featured speaker, who will share a reading from book Birds of Paradise Lost, a collection of short stories that chronicle the anguish, joy and bravery of those who fled Vietnam and remade themselves in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Light refreshments and hearty appetizers from Tamarind Tree Restaurant will be served.
Date: Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Time: Reception begins at 5:30pm. Program runs from 6:00-8:00pm.
Location: New Holly Gathering Hall, 7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98118
Registration: The World Cafe is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please register in advance.
About Andrew Lam
Andrew Lam is the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won the 2006 PEN Open Book Award, and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres. Lam is an editor and cofounder of New American Media, an association of over two thousand ethnic media outlets in America.
He was a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered for many years, and was the subject of a 2004 PBS documentary called My Journey Home. His essays have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Mother Jones, and The Nation, among many others.
His short stories have been widely taught and anthologized. Birds of Paradise Lost is his first story collection. He lives in San Francisco.