Asian American Literature Panel: 2014
DR. GARY PAK is a Professor of English at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Besides being published in numerous anthologies, magazines and literary journals, he is the author of The Watcher of Waipuna and Other Stories (1992); A Ricepaper Airplane (1998); Children of a Fireland (2004); and Language of the Geckos and Other Stories (2005). He has also published a children’s play, Beyond the Falls, which was produced by the Honolulu Theater for Youth in 2001. He has won awards and fellowships from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, the Elliot Cades Literary Prize, the Association for Asian American Studies, the Research Corporation of the University Hawai‘i, the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association, and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright). Pak’s recent novel Brothers Under a Same Sky (2013) explores the social and psychological trauma experienced by Korean Americans during and after the Korean War.
MR. ANDREW LAM is a syndicated writer and editor with the Pacific News Service, a short story writer, and a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”. Lam has a Masters in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in creative writing, and a BA in biochemistry from UC Berkeley. His book, Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, 2005; has won the Pen American “Beyond the Margins” Award in 2006, Pen Oakland: The Josephine Miles Literary Award in 2013, and was short-listed for the “Asian American Literature Award”. His second book East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, 2010; explores how Asian Cultures are changing the West. Lam’s latest work entitled Birds of Paradise Lost, 2013; explores the trauma of the immigrant experience on Vietnamese refugees re-forging their lives in America.