From the Westbank to New Orleans East, there is a vibrant community of over 20,000 Vietnamese New Orleanians. Once a week host Kim Vu invites a guest to chat about Vietnamese etiquette, ancient proverbs, Vietnamese events in New Orleans, and Vietnamese food. A Vietnamese-American recently arrived from California, Kim combines her own discovery of the local Vietnamese community with her deep familiarity and love of Vietnamese life and customs. Kim and guests weave a tapestry of fun and pho, Hanoi and poboy, as VietNola explores the world of Vietnamese New Orleanians, here and in Vietnam.
In 1980, Quoc Hoang was born in a refugee camp in a Malaysian jungle. Two-and-a-half months later, his family found itself in Canada in the dead of winter, totally dislocated from friends and family, and in a city (Toronto) that, at the time, had very few Vietnamese people.
Now Quoc lives in New Orleans and helps run Tulane’s A.B. Freeman School of Business.
For Quoc, one of the surprising things about living in New Orleans has been the way the city's Vietnamese population has rekindled his interest in his own Vietnamese background. On the show, Quoc talks about growing up Vietnamese in the Great White North, and of what it was like to visit Vietnam and discover his ethnic heritage, as if for the first time.