Please join the Vietnam seminar class for the
In support of PeaceTrees Vietnam’s work in the former DMZ in CentralVietnam proceeds from the show will go to The Village Project, which will help to move a village in the Ba Long District of Quang Tri Province from a dangerous flood plain to safe and productive land that has been cleared of explosives.
featuring the eclectic talent of the Athenian community
with Keynote Speaker Andrew Lam*
Wednesday, May 22
$5~$10 suggested donation
*Andrew is a syndicated writer and an editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” He co-founded New America Media, an association of over 2000 ethnic media in America.
His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, The LA Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has also written essays for magazines like Mother Jones, The Nation, and San Francisco Focus. His short stories have appeared in multiple literary journals and been taught in universities and colleges across the country, including at The Athenian School.
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 won the Literary Death Match West Coast competition in 2008.
Lam was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University during the academic year 2001-02, studying journalism. He has lectured widely at a number of universities, including Harvard, Yale, Brown, UCLA, USF, and UC Berkeley and now The Athenian School.
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 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 won the Pen American “Beyond the Margins” Award in 2006, and was short-listed for the”Asian American Literature Award.” His second book “East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres,” was published in October 2010 and was listed as one of the Top Ten Indies Books” by Shelf Unbound Magazine. Lam latest book, “Birds of Paradise Lost” was published in March, 2013.
Andrew Lam will have copies of his books and be available for book signing at the PeaceTrees Vietnam Benefit Show.