Book launching with Andrew Lam, journalist and National Public Radio commentator
In his long-overdue first collection of essays, noted journalist and National Public Radio commentator Andrew Lam explores his lifelong struggle for identity as a Viet Kieu, or a Vietnamese national living abroad. At age eleven, Lam, the son of a South Vietnamese general, left for California on the eve of the fall of Saigon to communist forces. He traded his Vietnamese name for a more American one and immersed himself in the allure of the American Dream: something not clearly defined for him or his family.
Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora
Andrew Lam, Foreword by Richard Rodriguez
Trade Paper, ISBN: 1-59714-020-1, $14.95
With eight pages of b&w photographs
Published by Heyday Books.
Review: “Andrew Lam writes with the honesty of a true journalist and the feeling of a born storyteller. On his many journeys between Vietnam and the U.S., he sees first-hand the global consequences of war. Perfume Dreams is a meaningful book for our times.”—Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Fifth Book of Peace and Woman Warrior
Books will be available for sale and signing by the author.
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Parking in UCLA's Lot 3 costs $8.