ECCTYC Reception Special Guest, Thursday Evening, October 20, 6:00 pm.
ECCTYC Reception Hall Appearance, Friday, October 21.
Thursday Evening on October 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm, join Andrew Lam as he kicks off the ECCTYC Reception, saying a few words from his newest book, East Eats West.
On Friday, October 21, 2011, visit the ECCTYC Exhibition Hall, drop by the special booth featuring works by Andrew Lam, and meet and talk with the author.
Andrew Lam, who was born in Vietnam and came to the US in 1975 when he was 11 years old, has a Master in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in creative writing, and a BA degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley. He currently resides in San Francisco, where he was the associate editor for the Pacific News Service, a regular commentator for National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and current editor at New American Media. His real love, however, is writing fiction. His articles have appeared in Nation, Mother Jones, and The Washington Post—as well as many anthologies—and his work has been acknowledged by many prestigious organizations.
Along with De Tran and Hai Dai Nguyen, Lam edited Once upon a Dream: The Vietnamese-American Experience and he wrote Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, which won a PEN/Beyond Margins Award. Most recently, Lam published East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres—a collection that takes on the familiar immigrant’s tales once more, but almost always with a surprising twist, an unexpected detail, an unforgettably distinguishing moment. “As a Vietnamese refugee who became an American writer, who found his tongue and then his own path in life, I can tell you that you matter, that your sadness matters, that the story of how you survived and triumphed matters.”
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