Arts Lecture Series: Andrew Lam

Andrew LamAndrew Lam kicks off the 2012-13 Arts Lecture Series. The lecture, entitled “East Eats West: An Exploration of Asian Cultures and its Manifestation in the United States,” will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, October 17, in Northside’s Recital Hall.­

Lam is a writer and editor with New America Media, a short story writer, and, for eight years, a commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. He was born in Vietnam and came to the United States in 1975 when he was 11 years old, has a master’s degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from UC Berkeley. He also teaches journalism at San Francisco State University.  

A member of Academy of Arts and Science, Lam was featured in the Public Broadcasting Service documentary My Journey Home, where a film crew followed him back to his homeland of Vietnam. His book, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora has recently won the PEN American “Beyond the Margins” Award in 2006, and was short-listed for “Asian American Literature Award.” 

Mr. Lam’s latest book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, was published in 2010. In this collection of 21 personal essays, Lam explores cultural confluence and addresses a range of topics from comics and manga to differences between Eastern and Western teaching styles, and the sudden ubiquity of the classic Vietnamese soup, Pho. 

“In these lovely, wise, probing essays, Andrew Lam not only illuminates the crucial 21st century issues of immigration and cultural identity, but the greater, enduring issues of what it means to be human,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler.

Tickets for the Arts Lecture Series are available for $5-$9 and free to students and children. For more information and to purchase tickets visit or call the arts box office at 574.520.4203.

// Arts Lecture Series: Andrew Lam
// 7:30 pm Wednesday, October 17
// Northside Recital Hall
// Tickets $5-$9 / free to students and children
// | 574.520.4203