Andrew Lam, the son of a general for the South Vietnamese Army, came to California at age eleven, during the fall of Saigon. His first book, Perfume Dreams, chronicles life as an immigrant in America and won a PEN Beyond Margins Award. His second book, East Eats West, continues to explore the Vietnamese diaspora and concentrates on how the East and West are changing each other. It was named a “Top 10 Book of 2010” by Shelf Unbound. Lam lives in San Francisco and is an editor at and cofounder of New America Media, an association of over two thousand ethnic media outlets.