Using his family’s experience of coming to the United States as refugees from Vietnam, Andrew Lam meditates on the history and future of children who come to the United States as refugees from violent places. In addition to examining the writer’s own life, the essay discusses Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers responsible for the bombs at the 2013 Boston marathon, and considers how success and failure in the United States shapes the refugee children who come to this country.
Give Me the Gun: The American dream in exile
Andrew Lam is a senior editor with New America Media, former NPR commentator, and author of Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres, and Birds of Paradise Lost.
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Andrew Lam; Give Me the Gun: The American dream in exile. Boom 1 March 2014; 4 (1): 18–23. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2014.4.1.18
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