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Award-Winning Author Andrew Lam to Speak at Mission College

Award-winning author Andrew Lam will speak at Mission College on October 22, 2013, as part of the college’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Speaker Program. 

An immigrant from Vietnam, Lam is a successful author, commentator and editor despite great odds. He and his family have struggled to become part of American society while maintaining their cultural history and values. His is a background that event organizers hope resonates with attendees. 

“We hope attendees will be inspired and emotionally affected by Andrew Lam’s stories,” said Erlinda Estrada, part-time faculty librarian at Mission College. “He is also a great role model for students at Mission College because many share a similar story. He is able to effectively articulate his struggles and triumphs and can provide hope for attendees who may be experiencing similar challenges in their lives.” 

During his visit to the Mission College Library, Lam will share poignant, sometimes humorous and sometimes heart-rending stories and read and discuss his latest book, a collection of short stories called Birds of Paradise Lost. Lam, a 2006 PEN Open Book Award winner, also is the author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.  

Lam also was the subject of the 2004 PBS documentary My Journey Home and for many years was a regular commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered. His short stories have been widely taught and anthologized. Lam is a cofounder of New American Media. 

Organizers hope to draw not only MC students and faculty to the event, but also other students and members of the community. 

As the latest event of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Speaker Program, the Lam talk aligns with the purposes of the program – to honor the history and achievements of Asian Americans, raise the general awareness of Asian American cultures and values and provide inspiration for Asian Americans and others seeking role models. The event is funded by a federal Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant. 

The event is free and open to the public. The talk begins at 11 a.m. in the MC Library on the Mission College campus, with book signing and sales starting at 12 p.m. For more information, call 408-855-5152.