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In his recently published essay, Andrew Lam writes:

STANDING IN CONTRAST to the public narrative of itself—the male version of events—are the private dialogues shared by the city’s inhabitants: the story of desires and ambition, thirst for knowledge, yearning to travel, wanting to better one’s self, dreaming of owning a house, working toward sending one’s child to study abroad, a kind of American dream. 

Such as it is, Saigon, growing ever more complex, is in desperate need of a new framework..

That is my guidepost, my re-entrance.

Lam has been collaborating with Pacific Links Foundation, exploring themes of the Vietnamese diaspora through personal stories and creative nonfiction. Read his latest piece here: