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.
Kim's in Mexico this week so we're taking you back in time to one of our favorite episodes with Alison Ecker. Alison Ecker lives in Hanoi, and joins us with a live report on the strange fate of the motorcycle helmet in Vietnam, and the importance of women’s shoes in shifting gears.