VietNOLA

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.

The Rebel of Village de L'Est April 24, 2014

More than twenty years before the Cyndi Nguyen ran for City Council, there was the (self described) rebel Cindy Nguyen who nearly got herself kicked out of high school and went off to Iowa in search of something different.  
The Cyndi who returned to New Orleans nearly ten years later had a college degree and the determination to improve the lives of people in the community she'd left behind - and she channeled that into starting Vietnamese Initiatives in Economic Training (VIET), where she now serves as Executive Director.     
 
This week Cyndi joins us on VietNOLA to talk candidly about her life's journey, the experience of running for City Council (and why she'd be extremely reluctant to ever run again), and about the important work she's doing at VIET.

 

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