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Apr.16.2013
Vân, Cúc, Trúc, and Trang; Dũng, Dai, Khôi and Phát. In my mother tongue these names carry music, cadence, poetry. They evoke for the listener images of clouds, peonies, bamboo, jade; acts of bravery or wishes for prosperity. In English, alas, they lose all meaning as the inflexible American...
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Apr.14.2013
Dropping the 'i' Word -- History, Humanity and Martians Story tools Comments AAAResize Print Share and Email New America Media, Commentary, Andrew Lam, Posted: Apr 14, 2013 Ed. Note: In early April the Associated Press announced that it would no longer use the word “...
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Apr.02.2013
A Traveler’s Notebook: ‘Chinese Dreams’ Covered in Smog There’s an ongoing joke in China that both captures the long standing competitive nature between Beijing and Shanghai while tying it neatly with the country’s number one preoccupation: pollution. “In Beijing you just need to open your...
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Mar.05.2013
EDITOR'S NOTE: New America Media editor Andrew Lam has made his name as a journalist, but in his newest book, his past as a Vietnamese refugee reverberates through short stories about characters who fled Vietnam and made new lives in the Bay Area. NAM reporter Anna Challet spoke with him...
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Feb.17.2013
  A meteor estimated to be 10 tons by NASA exploded Friday morning over Russia’s Ural region and its shockwave caused injuries to over 1,000 people. It took out windows and walls in the city of Chelyabinsk. And it temporarily shifted the conversation here on earth to talks of the heavens. “We...
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Feb.12.2013
   by Andrew Lam  Mr. K. brought in the new kid near the end of the semester during what he called oral presentations and everybody else called eighth grade Show and Tell. This is Cao Long Nguyen, he said, and he's from Vietnam and immediately mean old Billy said cool!  What's...
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Feb.06.2013
SAN FRANCISCO--"Dear Mr. Lam. I loved your essay, 'The Palmist,' but I can't figure out what the main theme is. Is it dying and being all alone? My teacher suggests I read more of your writing... I'm glad I found you online.... Thank you very much for your help." The e-mail from, let's call him, "...
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Feb.01.2013
One of the fastest growing immigrant communities in the US are Asians. While Asian Americans voted for President Obama this past election in record numbers, when it comes to the immigration reform it seems that the Latino vote dominates the conversation. Andrew Lam, a Vietnamese-American writer...
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Jan.31.2013
    Bird of Paradise Lost Book tour - - with dates and specific hours and more events to be filled in ...by Andrew Lam on Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 11:11am · PublicFriendsFriends except AcquaintancesOnly MeCustomClose FriendsLowell HighSee all lists...New America...
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Jan.15.2013
Author's note: Growing old in America can mean growing more isolated, and that's particularly tough on immigrants whose home cultures stress strong family and clan ties. My mother, Ngoc B. Lam, came to America in 1975 as a refugee from Vietnam and worked as an accountant for more than 20 years....
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Jan.14.2013
v New America Media, News Analysis, Andrew Lam, Posted: Jan 14, 2013  Vietnam, a police state where freedom of expression can come with a multi-year prison term, is awash in cell phones. Whether for talking, texting or taking photos, Vietnamese are buying up mobile devices at a...
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Dec.26.2012
Litbridge interviewed Kate Gale, Red Hen's publisher, and near the end of the Q&A she mentioned my book, Birds of Paradise Lost, due out in Spring 2013.. What makes Red Hen Press a unique part of the publishing community? We are the biggest indie press in Los Angeles, so we are occupying a...
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Dec.18.2012
  Long ago in my native homeland, Vietnam, I used to bow. As a grade school student, with arms folded, and eyes staring at my sandaled feet, I would mumble, "Thua thay!" - Greetings Teacher! - whenever I'd run into a teacher in the hallway or enter a classroom. Such was the Old World tradition...
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Dec.15.2012
l New America Media, News Analysis, Andrew Lam, Posted: Dec 17, 2012 Five years ago the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) described the Iraqi refugee crisis as “the largest long-term population movement in the Middle East since the displacement of Palestinians...
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Dec.10.2012
    Robert McNamara, former Secretary of Defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lydon B. Johnson and chief architect of the Vietnam War, once likened his wartime experience to being in a kind of fog. "What the fog of war means," he said, "is that war is so complex it's beyond...
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