'Birds of Paradise Lost': Fleeing Vietnam for San Francisco

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Author Andrew Lam says he robbed his Vietnamese parents of their American Dream the day he told them he wanted to be a writer and not a doctor. But years later, Lam's writing still centers on his Vietnamese roots. Lam joins us to talk about his new book "Birds of Paradise Lost," which focuses on Vietnamese immigrants and their struggles to integrate in the Bay Area. Lam is editor of New America Media, the country's first and largest national collaboration and advocate of ethnic news organizations.


Andrew Lam, author of "Birds of Paradise Lost," "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres" and "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora," which won a Pen American Award