Perfume dreams reflections on the vietnamese diaspora

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Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora by Andrew Lam

Cultural Writing. Asian American Studies. In his long-overdue first collection of essays, noted journalist and NPR commentator Andrew Lam explores his life-long 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.
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Father vs Son - Vietnam and its Diaspora -Part 3

Andrew Lam, author of Perfume Dreams : Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora (Heyday Books)

Great literary essays that open the gate to understanding of refugees plight, not just vietnamese but all who have lost home and must remake elsewhere. And indebted to the passage, "Home is portable if one is in commune with one's soul. He has contirbuted to newspapers and magazines across the country from the New York Times to the Chicago Tribune. He is also the co-founder of ne California Media. Perfume Dreams : Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora. Andrew Lam. Cultural Writing.

A collection of Andrew Lam's personal essays on the walking the tightrope between two worlds and identities. HathiTrust Digital Library, Limited view search only. Internet Archive. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item

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Father vs Son - Vietnam and its Diaspora -Part 1

The following essay was adapted from my book, " Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora " in the section called Viet Kieu Vietnamese living overseas. Also embedded between the text are four segments from the PBS documentary called "My Journey Home" about my trip to Vietnam, which aired nationwide a few years ago. There are memories, and there are memories. I once took pride in my belief that I remembered my Vietnamese childhood clearly. But some years I discovered that what the mind holds dear, the body also keeps. Eight years a PBS film crew in a TV series called "My Journey Home" followed me back to Vietnam, and in Dalat, a small city on a high plateau full of pine trees and waterfalls and pristine lakes, they coaxed me into revisiting my childhood home.

In , the University of Hawaii at Manoa hosted a symposium honoring the forty-year anniversary of the Vietnam War. I was living on Oahu and was just beginning to write about the wounded soldiers coming back from Iraq. There was a panel of writers who read. I bought his book on an impulse. I felt sorry for Lam in a way—how he sat at the table, almost an outcast. He signed my book and then sat back in his seat, looking sad and dejected.

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