The Northwest Asian Weekly welcomed a new editor Sunday, Sept. 9, as former editor Tiffany Ran left to pursue a career opportunity in the restaurant industry. Charles Lam, who was born in San Jose, Calif. to two Vietnam War refugees, will be taking over her duties. In addition to acting as editor for the paper, Lam will also take part in planning events, social media, and developing talent at the Weekly. He comes to the paper after time at a design and advertising agency in Orange County and freelancing for the OC Weekly, which is owned by the same parent company as the Seattle Weekly. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in Orange County. He hopes to get in touch with the community as quickly as possible.
“I feel that the best way to get in touch with the community is also one of the most important aspects of journalism: footwork. The best way to get to know a community is to take an active part observing and participating in it,” he said.
Aiding in the editor transition will be the new editorial consultant, former editor Stacy Nguyen.
When asked about his vision for the Northwest Asian Weekly, he said, “Asian and Pacific Americans are only going to become more visible in the mainstream as time goes on, and it’s important for us to have a strong voice. I will work my hardest to ensure that this happens.” (end)
Charles Lam can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.