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  • Quiet As They Come & Birds of Paradise Lost: Vietnamese American authors on the San Francisco Immigrant Experience

    Talks & Lectures

    Feb 25

    Free with museum admission

    1—2:30 PM

    Education Studios

    The Asian Art Museum and the Tenderloin Museum are pleased to collaborate on a literary reading featuring Vietnamese American authors Andrew Lam and Angie Chau. Both have written extensively about coming of age in San Francisco in the 1980s through the lens of the Vietnamese immigrant experience. Their personal narratives are in dialogue with the current exhibition at the Tenderloin Museum, Voice of the Central City: The Tenderloin Times, 1977–94, which explores the history and impact of the Pulitzer Prize–nominated Tenderloin community newspaper.

    The co-founder of New American Media and a former editor of The Tenderloin Times, Andrew Lam left Vietnam at the age of 11 during the fall of Saigon. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Mother Jones and The Nation, and he received the PEN Open Book Award for Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora. Centering around Vietnamese newcomers struggling to remake their lives in the Bay Area, Birds of Paradise Lost is Lam’s first collection of short stories.

    Angie Chau was born in Vietnam and lived on several continents before settling in the Bay Area. She earned a B.A. in Southeast Asian culture and political economy from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in English from UC Davis, where she was the editor of The Greenbelt Review. Set in San Francisco’s Sunset District, Chau’s debut story collection, Quiet As They Come,
    is a beautiful, brutal and humorous portrait of ordinary people caught between two cultures.

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