Andrew Lam left Vietnam with his family during the fall of Saigon in April 1975 at the age of 11. He attended the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in biochemistry. Afterwards, he entered the creative writing program at San Francisco State University. While still in school he began writing for Pacific News Service and won the Outstanding Young Journalist Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He was for 15 years the web editor of New America Media. His books "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora", "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres" and "Birds of Paradise Lost," have received various awards and he is a regular contributor to the Shanghai Daily.
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