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This review is from: East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres (Paperback)
Andrew Lam's work weaves journalism and storytelling beautifully. Together the essays craft a new Vietnamese American identity that is invested in neither retrieving "authentic" culture or claiming America. His disposition is cosmopolitan, marked by hybridity, and Lam embraces contradictions wholeheartedly. His narrative transcends fixed notions of East and West while pointing to differences between the two, examines the world from a lens of privilege and of deep losses, represents the self as neither victim nor victor, and serves as a cultural map without being weighed down by the burden of representation. Lam's vision is shaped by the past, not beholden to it, and trusting of the future. I highly recommend it.