Perfume Dreams

Perfume Dreams

Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora

By Andrew Lam; Richard Rodriguez (Foreword by)

Heyday Books, Paperback, 9781597140201, 143pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2005

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.

About the Author
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.

"The best American essayist."-Village Voice

Richard Rodriguez is the author of Hunger of Memory, Brown, and Days of Obligation. He is a fellow of New America Media. He was a long-time contributor to PBS and continues to write for Harper's Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. He lives in San Francisco.