East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres

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East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres

East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres By Andrew Lam East Eats West Writing in Two Hemispheres From cuisine and martial arts to sex and self esteem East Eats West shines new light on the bridges and crossroads where two hemispheres meld into one worldwide immigrant nation In this new nation w

  • Title: East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres
  • Author: Andrew Lam
  • ISBN: 9781597141383
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres By Andrew Lam From cuisine and martial arts to sex and self esteem, East Eats West shines new light on the bridges and crossroads where two hemispheres meld into one worldwide immigrant nation In this new nation, with its amalgamation of divergent ideas, tastes, and styles, today s bold fusion becomes tomorrow s classic But while the space between East and West continues to shrink inFrom cuisine and martial arts to sex and self esteem, East Eats West shines new light on the bridges and crossroads where two hemispheres meld into one worldwide immigrant nation In this new nation, with its amalgamation of divergent ideas, tastes, and styles, today s bold fusion becomes tomorrow s classic But while the space between East and West continues to shrink in this age of globalization, some cultural gaps remain In this collection of twenty one personal essays, Andrew Lam, the award winning author of Perfume Dreams, continues to explore the Vietnamese diaspora, this time concentrating not only on how the East and West have changed, but how they are changing each other Lively and engaging, East Eats West searches for meaning in nebulous territory charted by very few Part memoir, part meditations, and part cultural anthropology, East Eats West is about thriving in the West with one foot still in the East.
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    1. Rita on said:

      I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed this collection of essays I don t typically read nonfiction very quickly but I related very much to the topics discussed that this really was a breeze to read through As a second generation Asian American myself living in the bay area of California, there were many things Lam touched on that resonated deeply with me, particularly in the cultural divide between those raised in Asia and their children who are [...]

    2. Navneet on said:

      Totally awesome Great essays about being Asian American in America But, one or two of the essays were a snooze and some of the ideas were redundant.

    3. Andrew on said:

      Since I wrote it I am going to quote from someone else Once an awed young refugee from Vietnam, Andrew Lam can still view America with wonder Our country is becoming Asian culture, religion, food, media all influenced by diasporas from countries that were enemies and allies Alarmed and delighted, I voraciously read East Eats West Maxine Hong Kingston, author of I Love a Broad Margin to My Life Andrew Lam is an expert time traveler, collapsing childhood and adulthood years of war and peace and th [...]

    4. janet on said:

      His background, defined as having come to the USA as a 7th grader and from a wealthy family of a father who was a colonel in the RVN, really colors his worldview This positionality is noticeable Also, that they settled in San Francisco is also significant to his assumption that Americans are becoming cosmopolitan He seems to embrace the model minority myth, the American multiculturalism discourse, and an E W divide He is at his worst when he engages in pseudo intellectual analysis and at his be [...]

    5. Wade on said:

      Mr Lam continues to be one of my favorite writers His writing style is conversational and approachable, and he has a rare talent for drawing universal themes by describing particular situations The material he writes about is familiar ground to those who have read Perfume Dreams or who follow his radio essays But here, he is insightful, sharper, and somehow profound I had the privilege of reading this book during a recent trip to Kenya with my husband for his first trip back to his homeland af [...]

    6. Deja on said:

      I just re read some of the short stories before i passed on this book again and love it as the author introduces himself, in these stories He knew it even before he could fully articulate it between East and West lay a terrain that needed to be charted by stories, fused by his new eyes and imagination, and he needed to tell those stories if he ever hoped to be whole again Decades later, I m happy to report that dancing at the far end of the continuum hes doggedly at it.

    7. Eva on said:

      Andrew Lam writes beautifully about contemporary Asian America as well as the upheavals he experiences as a young refugee from the Vietnam War Some of the essays about pop culture are already dated but still interesting to read I d been looking for Asian American authors and am glad I checked out Lam s work.

    8. Marj on said:

      A set of feature articles or essays about various aspects of culture clash experienced by Vietnamese Americans Very readable, literary musings I loved it

    9. Kitty Jay on said:

      Lam s collection of essays are a thoughtful attempt to negotiate what it means to be an immigrant, particularly a Vietnamese immigrant, living in the culturally diverse city of San Francisco, and in a larger sense, in America itself The subjects of the chapters are disparate, ranging from food which crops up several times, to cultural trends both in the East and the West, and the mixture and blending of cultures Unfortunately, this can make it seem disjointed at parts and lacking a central under [...]

    10. Jd on said:

      I was disappointed in this book I think Birds of Paradise Lost is a much interesting read.There were a few good entries in this book e.g the one on self esteem but I had a hard time getting through many of the others.

    11. Thenicole on said:

      A collection of his articles discussing the uneasy but potentially powerful place of the Asian American in urban composite culture What saves this book from being yet another Asian Studies snooze is Lam s style and obvious passion for writing.

    12. Rkutler on said:

      Essays on East West culture in the modern world Andrew Lam is a fabulous writer and broadcaster San Franciscans will particularly enjoy his chapter on Food in the City.

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