ISBN-10:
1597140201
ISBN-13:
9781597140201
Pub. Date:
07/01/2012
Publisher:
Heyday
Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora

Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora

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Overview

In his long-overdue first collection of essays, noted journalist and NPR 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, came to 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. Reflecting on the meanings of the Vietnam War to the Vietnamese people themselves—particularly to those in exile—Lam picks with searing honesty at the roots of his doubleness and his parents’ longing for a homeland that no longer exists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597140201
Publisher: Heyday
Publication date: 07/01/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 991,482
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Andrew Lam is an editor and cofounder of New America Media, an association of over two thousand ethnic media outlets in America. His essays have appeared in dozens of newspapers and magazines across the country, and his short stories are anthologized widely. Followed by a film crew back to his homeland, Vietnam, he was featured in the documentary My Journey Home, which aired nationwide on PBS in 2004. His book Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora won a PEN American Beyond Margins award in 2006. Lam currently lives in San Francisco.

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