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A Viet Kieu Shares His 'Perfume Dreams'

A contentious debate over immigration has focused lately on immigrants from Mexico. But people from many nations have stories of America's love-hate relationship with those born elsewhere.

In Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora, syndicated columnist Andrew Lam explores his identity as a Viet Kieu -- a Vietnamese native living in the United States. The book won the 2006 PEN/Beyond Margins Award.

Lam, heard as a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered, discusses the book and the immigrant experience with Farai Chideya.

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