Quiet As They Come & Birds of Paradise Lost: Vietnamese American authors on the San Francisco Immigrant Experience
Talks & Lectures
Free with museum admission
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.
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.
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.