Andrew is a syndicated writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media in America.
His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. He has also written essays for magazines like Mother Jones, The Nation, San Francisco Focus, Proult Journal, In Context, Utne Magazine, California Magazine and many others.
His short stories are also anthologized widely and taught in many Universities and colleges. His short stories appeared in many literary journals, including Manoa Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod International, Michigan Quarterly West, Zyzzyva, Transfer Magazine, Alsop Review, Terrain, and others.
Lam's awards include the Society of Professional Journalist "Outstanding Young Journalist Award" (1993) and "Best Commentator" in 2004, The Media Alliance Meritorious awards (1994), The World Affairs Council's Excellence in International Journalism Award (1992), the Rockefeller Fellowship in UCLA (1992), and the Asian American Journalist Association National Award (1993; 1995). He was honored and profiled on KQED television in May 1996 during Asian American heritage month. He won twice the Literary Death Match West Coast competition in 2008.
Lam was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University during the academic year 2001-02, studying journalism. He lectured widely at many universities and institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, UCLA, USF, UC Berkeley, University of Hawaii, William and Mary, Hong Kong, and Loyola university, and so on.
Lam, who was born in Vietnam and came to the US in 1975 when he was 11 years old, has a Master in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in creative writing, and a BA degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley.
He was featured in the documentary "My Journey Home," which aired on PBS nationwide on April 7, 2004, where a film crew followed him back to his homeland Vietnam.
His book, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora has recently won the Pen American "Beyond the Margins" Award in 2006, and short-listed for "Asian American Literature Award."
Lam first short story collection, "Birds of Paradise" is due out in the Fall of 2012. His latest book is "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres," published in October 2010 and was listed as "Top Ten Indies Books" by Shelf Unbound Magazine.
Those interested in buying an autographed copy of Perfume Dreams or East Eats West, please send a note to alam[at]newamericamedia.org for further information.
James Baldwin, Vladmir Nabokov, Kazuo Ishiguoro, Richard Rodriguez, Joan Didion, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Stewart Duybeck, John L'Heureux, Ian McEwan, and about 100 more writers.
Collection of short stories, "Birds of Paradise." Agent is shopping for publisher. Currently working on: A novel, and another collection of short stories, and another book of essays.
To read some of my essays:
New book: East Eats West
Esmond Harmsworth of Zarchary, Schuster, and Harmsworth Literary Agency.
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