Today, California is home to the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam, many of whom are Vietnam War refugees and first-generation Americans.

Bay Area writer and editor Andrew Lam remembers leaving Vietnam in a C-130 cargo plane when he was eleven. Today, Lam writes about the Vietnamese Diaspora, and about the struggle for cultural identity as a Vietnamese-American. His newest book is East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.

KALW's Holly Kernan sat down with Lam to talk about Vietnamese identity.

Andrew Lam is an editor with New America Media. Read his previous book Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora.  And buy his new book, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, due out in September.