Writer Andrew Lam headlines Brown Bag Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 21

Andrew Lam

Journalist and writer Andrew Lam is the featured speaker for this week’s Brown Bag Lecture Series at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21 at Edmonds Community College.

Tickets for the free program are available at the door.

Lam is a journalist and writer who chronicles the immigrant experiences of others while struggling to come to terms with his own. The film, My Journey Home, probes America’s diversity through Lam’s and others, personal histories of buried pasts, mixed heritages, missing fathers and broken dreams.

Lam is the web editor of New America Media, blogs for Huffington Post, and is a regular contributor to NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Lam, who left Vietnam with his family during the fall of Saigon in 1975, graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2005, Lam published “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora,” a collection of essays about the problem of identity as a Vietnamese man living in the U.S. Lam received the PEN Open Book Award in 2006 for the collection.

His second book, “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres,” centers on how Asian immigration changed the west. “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.

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