Andrew Lam, editor at New America Media and author of some significant books (Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, East Eats West; Writing in Two Hemispheres, and Birds of Paradise Lost), is not only a wonderful writer, but a wonderful love letter writer.
The art of written affection is a gift to someone, and sometimes a gift to many. Andrew seems to come by this naturally with always a tribute to some aspect of life that has his admiration and devotion. Each of his works feels like a love letter to someone, some place, some time, some experience, and each expresses, like a great love letter, memories, affection, and the promise of continued commitment.
Even with his journey from Vietnam to America and the many challenges for a ten-year old immigrant, Andrew has the power to look at so much of life as a gift. His tendency to appreciate is admirable in its own right and instructive in a rapidly changing world. Andrew was recently the writer of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Open Forum On Culture and has written what could easily be classified as a love letter to American diversity. Perfect. He talks about optimism of immigration and the re-establishing what it means to be an American. Yes, Miss America herself, Nina Davuluri, an American of Indian heritage, who plans to become a cardiologist.
Thank you, Andrew, for another look at the world through your eyes and the thought that each generation has not only the privilege of defining itself but is safe in that new definition.
Hoping as always, that somewhere there is a copy of this in Andrew’s own handwriting and maybe sent to, well, any of the people mentioned in this article. After all, a love letter that includes historical realities has the additional value of chronicled truth.
From me to you with love in the air,
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