|Alma mater||Lycée Yersin
University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco State University
|Occupation||Writer and journalist|
|Relatives||Lam Quang Thi (father)|
Andrew Lam (born 1964) is a Vietnamese American writer. He was born in South Vietnam, where he led a privileged life as the son of General Lâm Quang Thi of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam. He attended Lycée Yersin in Đà Lạt.
Lam left Vietnam with his family during the fall of Saigon in April 1975. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in biochemistry. He soon abandoned plans for medical school and entered a creative writing program at San Francisco State University. While still in school he began writing for Pacific News Service and in 1993 won the Outstanding Young Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
He is currently the web editor of New America Media. He is also a journalist and short story writer. In 2005, he published a collection of essays, Perfume Dreams, about the problem of identity as a Vietnamese living in the U.S. Lam received the PEN Open Book Award (formerly known as the Beyond Margins Award) in 2006 for Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora. He is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's All Things Considered. His second book, "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres" is a meditation on East-West relations, and how Asian immigration changed the West. It was named Top Ten Indies by Shelf Unbound Magazine in 2010.
Birds of Paradise Lost, his third book, is a collection of short stories about Vietnamese newcomers struggling to remake their lives in the San Francisco Bay after a long, painful exodus from Vietnam.
He was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University 2001-2002.
Though reticent about his sexuality, in 2009 Lam gave an interview for a collection of portraits of homosexual Americans.
- "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora", (Heyday Books, 2005)
- "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres," (Heyday Books, 2010)
- "Birds of Paradise Lost," (Red Hen Press, 2013)
- "Letter to a Vietnamese cousin: Should you come to America?", December 22, 2002
- "Andrew Lam's essays on New America Media"
- "Andrew Lam's essays on Huffington Post"
Short Stories "Show and Tell"
- "Art is the lesser sister to medicine. It aims to heal."
- Philip Gambone, Travels in a Gay Nation: Portraits of LGBTQ Americans (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010), 194-5
- Gambone, 197
- PBS: "Andrew Lam", accessed June 23, 2010; My Journey Home, accessed June 23, 2010
- "New America Media". "New America Media". Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Heyday Books: "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora", accessed June 23, 2010
- "Birds of Paradise Lost | Red Hen Press". Redhen.org. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "Andrew Lam". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Gambone, 194-9
- Video Diary of Andrew Lam
- Viet Kieu
- My Father's Army Uniform
- Grandma's Tales, a short story
- Regret To Mis-Inform
- Andrew Lam page on Alternet
- Andrew Lam page on WQED
- "Cõi già trên đất lạ," a translation by Nguyễn Đức Nguyên of Andrew Lam's "Aging in a Foreign Land," printed here with original English version