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Posted on: Jul 4, 2012, Source: New America Media

Unlike the U.S., where fast food is often seen as the preferred meal of the working poor, in Asia places like Burger King are the fare of choice for those with dispensable incomes.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2011, Source: Heyday Books

An excerpt from Lam new book, where a family vacation to Waterloo unearths some enlightening findings about his father, a former general for South Vietnam.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2010, Source: New America Media

Girls at the brothel were beaten and raped. Many were dying of AIDS. Who were their customers? All kind of foreigners. Americans. Thai. Vietnamese. Cambodian.

Posted on: Jul 8, 2009, Source: New America Media

"When a man confesses yet cannot connect the horror he helped unleash with his own humanity, he is not to be trusted."

Posted on: Jun 2, 2009, Source: New America Media

I am a first time home buyer. And I just bought a condo in downtown San Francisco. But not without a lot of help from my family and friends.

Posted on: Apr 14, 2009, Source: New America Media

As conflicts between two political groups threaten to tear Thailand apart, its ailing king may not be able to keep the country together.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2009, Source: New America Media

Enough about Asia's "shame-based" culture, it is the gun culture in America that is most conspicuous.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2009, Source: New America Media

The economy may revive in a few years, but our spirit will falter without a big picture for what we want our country to look like.

Posted on: Dec 17, 2008, Source: New America Media

The protests and riots in Greece were organized by young people, who text-messaged each other and used social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2008, Source: New America Media

A cliché to native-borns, the American dream nevertheless seduces the traditionally sedentary Vietnamese to travel halfway around the world.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2008, Source: New America Media

To be a person of color is to have one's patriotism, motives, and beliefs scrutinized and put on trial, again and again.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2008, Source: New America Media

John McCain's desire to win at any cost has turned this election into a reenactment of MacBeth.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2008, Source: New America Media

Giving up a car isn't easy -- even amid the gas crisis. But the covetous American way of life has become unsustainable.

Posted on: May 27, 2008, Source: New America Media

The Chinese government hoped the Olympics would unify China. But instead, the devastating earthquake has brought the country together.

Posted on: May 16, 2008, Source: deleted

Many wealthy Asian countries are more concerned with appeasing Myanmar's junta than helping victims of the cyclone.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2008, Source: New America Media

Our modern obsession with technology is changing the way we relate to others -- and the way we view ourselves.

Posted on: Mar 13, 2008, Source: deleted

The real 'Cultural Revolution', the one stoked by individual desires and ambition, is happening now.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2007, Source: New America Media

American schools stress self-esteem as the stepping stone to academic achievement. But students from Asian cultures, which place little stock in self-esteem, seem to do better than their American counterparts in school.

Posted on: Apr 17, 2007, Source: New America Media

As the country waited to learn the identity of the killer at Virginia Tech, Asian Americans held their breath, waiting to see if they would shoulder the spillover of blame for the acts of an individual.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2007, Source: New America Media

Plastic surgery is on the rise in ethnic communities across the United States, and in Asia it is as routine as having one's wisdom teeth pulled. Are these alterations an attempt to look more "white?"

Posted on: Feb 26, 2007, Source: New America Media

Many comparisons have been made about the Iraq and Vietnam wars. But what Iraq may have finally done is not so much remind us of Vietnam as ultimately usurp it from our national psyche.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2007, Source: New America Media

The middle class is clinging to its precious status by contending with far smaller living spaces than those of previous generations.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2006, Source: Pacific News Service

A Vietnamese immigrant reflects on U.S. consumer culture -- how it's shaped not only his family's ideals of 'The American Dream,' but the world's.

Posted on: Jul 19, 2005, Source: Pacific News Service

Vietnam remains a 'Supply Country' and shows no signs of abating.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2005, Source: AlterNet

April 30 became the birth date of an exile's culture, built on defeatism and a sense of tragic ending. But through the years, that date has come to symbolize something entirely different to this Vietnamese American.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The Golden Era of Hong Kong film is over. As Hollywood embraces stars like John Woo and Jet Li, and coopts the kung fu flick, the city that spawned the genre takes on a more down-to-earth identity.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2004, Source: Pacific News Service

Overshadowed by Michael Moore's big win at the Cannes film festival, a Thai director is awarded the prestigious Jury Prize shining a spotlight on a new generation of Thai filmmakers.

Posted on: Apr 5, 2004, Source: AlterNet

While McDonald's golden arches may be proliferating in every major metropolis across the world, so, for that matter, are Thai and Vietnamese restaurants.

Posted on: Jan 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Globalization? Kid's stuff. Our actions affect not just the globe, but the cosmos.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

Vast markets in wild animals can lead to environmental destruction and, in an age of newly emerging diseases such as SARS, public health disasters.

Posted on: Dec 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In a world where we are constantly chatting, very little is actually being said. We email -- but are we really in touch?

Posted on: Oct 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The tiger's grip on our imagination is precisely the very force that drives it toward extinction.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

Chinese Americans are worried about similarities to trial-by-media atmosphere surrounding Army chaplain's arrest.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2003, Source: AlterNet

This Asian American writer finds the pleas he gets from students to explain his fiction are an example of how Asian immigrants, even young ones, are having a tough time thinking like Americans.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

The suicide of gender-bending actor Leslie Cheung also symbolizes the demise of a wild, uninhibited era of Hong Kong film that inspired many Hollywood directors.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

For Vietnamese Americans, many of whom have lived through several wars, the looming U.S. invasion of Iraq brings up haunting memories.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2003, Source: Pacific News Service

"The Quiet American" almost didn't make it to U.S. theaters -- but it premiered in Vietnam to great fanfare.

Posted on: Feb 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The immigrant's hold on American soil has become increasingly tenuous, if not outright threatened.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service

An immigrant finds that the America he remembers as a child no longer exists.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2002, Source: Pacific News Service

Human movement across borders is greater than ever in history. The world is too interconnected for that trend to be reversed by fear of terrorism.