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Andrew Lam is a co-founder of New America Media, an association of 2000 ethnic media outlets in the US, a regular contributor to Huffington Post, and a syndicated writer. He is also an author of three books, “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora” which won a Pen Open Book award in 2006, “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres,” and his latest, “Birds of Paradise Lost” a collection of short stories about Vietnamese refugees who struggle to remake their lives in America’s West. It has garnered raving reviews from Pulitzer Prize winners Robert Olen Butler and Oscar Hijuelos, and from writer Maxine Hong Kingston and won the Pen West Coast Award.
Lam’s awards include the Society of Professional Journalist “Outstanding Young Journalist Award” (‘93) “Best Commentator” in 2004, The Media Alliance Meritorious awards (‘94), The World Affairs Council's Excellence in International Journalism Award (‘92), the Rockefeller Fellowship, and the Asian American Journalist Association National Award (‘93; ‘95). He was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford 2001-02.
Lam, who was born in Vietnam and came to the US in 1975 when he was 11 years old was featured in the documentary “My Journey Home,” which aired on PBS nationwide in 2004.
A journalist and fiction writer and a media organizer Lam, who writes about immigrant experience with compassion and wit, and who is a keen observer of the East-West cultural spheres and their, can speak on many issues: the media business, career in writing and journalism, and what it means to be an immigrant to America in the 21st century. He’s working on a novel.
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