Perfume Dreams, Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora by Andrew Lam; 2005; $14.95; 140 pages; Heyday Books, Berkeley, CA; 1-59714-020-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gregory Heights, B-La16p; 6/20-6/24
Why did I pick this up? Andrew Lam is scheduled to be at Wordstock 2013, October 5 & 6 at the Oregon Convention Center.
What is the story? This is a series of essays that cover a time that begins during the Vietnam War and continues until the early part of this century. Andrew Lam reflects on his life and the lives of others who have fled Vietnam since the fall of Saigon through the early part of the 2000’s. The perspective that he brings to these events is very different from the perspective that I had. I am glad to read another perspective on a event that impacted so many people.
Did I like it? Yes this was a perspective that I had never thought of before, I am very thankful that is available. Many people other than just soldiers from the United States were affected by what happened in Vietnam, and it is good to be reminded of that.
What is with the title of the review? Until this book the predominant perspective that I had read about the Vietnam War was of the United States, it is good to read another perspective.