The Foothill College Authors Series presents a guest lecture by Andrew Lam, author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnam Diaspora and Birds of Paradise Lost. The presentation is April 19 at noon in the Hearthside Lounge. Admission is free.
Lam is a writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and was, for eight years, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He co-founded New America Media, an association of more than 2,000 ethnic media organizations in America. His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, Atlanta Journal and Chicago Tribune. He has also written essays for magazines like Mother Jones, The Nation, San Francisco Focus, Proult Journal, In Context, Utne Magazine, California Magazine and many others. His short stories are also anthologized widely and taught in many universities and colleges. His short stories appeared in many literary journals, including Manoa Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Nimrod International, Michigan Quarterly West, Zyzzyva, Transfer Magazine, Alsop Review, Terrain and others.
Lam’s awards include the Society of Professional Journalist “Outstanding Young Journalist Award” (1993) and “Best Commentator” in 2004, The Media Alliance Meritorious awards (1994), The World Affairs Council's Excellence in International Journalism Award (1992), the Rockefeller Fellowship in UCLA (1992), and the Asian American Journalist Association National Award (1993; 1995). He was honored and profiled on KQED television in May 1996 during Asian American heritage month. He was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University during the academic year 2001-02, studying journalism. He lectured widely at many universities and institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, UCLA, USF, UC Berkeley, University of Hawaii, William and Mary, Hong Kong, Loyola University and others.
Lam, who was born in Vietnam and came to the U.S. in 1975 when he was 11 years old, has a master of fine arts degree from San Francisco State University in creative writing, and a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley. He was featured in the documentary My Journey Home, which aired on PBS nationwide on April 7, 2004, where a film crew followed him back to his homeland Vietnam.
His book, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, has recently won the Pen American “Beyond the Margins” Award in 2006, and short-listed for “Asian American Literature Award.” Lam's first short story collection, Birds of Paradise Lost has recently been published.
Authors Series books are available at the Foothill College Bookstore, and can be purchased at a 20-percent discount. Staff and faculty can earn PGA/PAA credit for attending a Foothill Authors Series session.