Making a living writing fiction and non-fiction while promoting inter-ethnic dialogue
November 8, 2013, Friday
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Digital Media Lab, Eliot Hall, The University of Hong Kong
Andrew is a writer, journalist, and, for eight years, a commentator on National Public Radio in the United States. He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media organizations in America.
His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the U.S., including the New York Times, The LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Baltimore Sun. He has also written essays for magazines like Mother Jones, The Nation, San Francisco Focus, and many others.
Currently he blogs with Huffington Post and has a regular column with Shanghai Daily.
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).
Lam, who was born in Vietnam and went 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.
A member of Academy of Arts and Science in the United States, Lam was featured in the documentary “My Journey Home. ” His award-winning books include “Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora,” (2005), “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres” (2010) and “Birds of Paradise Lost” (2013) He is working on another book of short stories and a novel.