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Andrew Lam and Richard Rodriguez - East Eats West - September 16 (Mechanic Institute)

Co-sponsored by Asia Society

East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres (Heyday Books)

57 Post St #415
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 393-0101 

Thursday, September 16 2010, 6:00pm 

The unexpected consequences of the Vietnamese diaspora are explored by Andrew Lam, the award-winning author of Perfume Dreams. From cuisine and martial arts to sex and self-esteem, this new essay collection shines light on the bridges and crossroads where two hemispheres meld into one worldwide "immigrant nation." While the space between East and West continues to shrink in this age of globalization, some cultural gaps remain. Richard Rodriguezis an essayist and journalist who writes about class, ethnicity, and race and is author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America.

Members of Mechanics' Institute & Asia Society: Free
Public: $12

Andrew Lam is an editor and cofounder of New America Media, an association of over two thousand ethnic media outlets in America. His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines across the country, and his short stories are anthologized widely. Followed by a film crew back to his homeland, Vietnam, he was featured in the documentary My Journey Home, which aired nationwide on PBS in 2004. His book Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora won a PEN American Beyond Margins award in 2006.

sept_rodriguezRichard Rodriguez is an essayist and journalist who has written a trilogy in a series of memoirs about class, ethnicity, and race in America--Hunger of MemoryDays of Obligation, and Brown: The Last Discovery of America. He is writing, at present, two books, one on beauty and the other on the influence of the desert ecology on the experience of God for the Jew, the Christian and the Muslim.