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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.

Good Children and The Sniff Kisses

Good Children and The Sniff Kisses
February 20, 2017

A true "professional bohemian", Stephen Collier is a nationally known artist and one of the founders of the Good Children Gallery on St. Claude.   The son of a white father and a Vietnamese mother, Stephen grew up in Natchitoches where he was one of the only Asians for miles around.  Now living and working in New Orleans, he's become known as "one of (the city's) edgier and most engaging conceptualists".  This... Read More »

Helmets in Southeast Asia

Helmets in Southeast Asia
January 4, 2016

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. Read More »

Lily the Vietnamese Psychiatrist

Lily the Vietnamese Psychiatrist
July 29, 2015

Generally speaking, Vietnamese people - particularly the older generation - don't go to counselors, they don't see life coaches, and they sure as hell don't see shrinks.  It's not that they don't have problems (like the rest of us), but for various reasons, they tend to deal with them on their own, and that's one of the things that makes this week's guest, Lily Ngotran Moghtader, a Tulane psychiatry resident,... Read More »

New Orleans Photographer Captures Hanoi

New Orleans Photographer Captures Hanoi
May 10, 2015

New Orleans born - Hanoi based photographer, Aaron Joel Santos, gives us a picture of Vietnam life. From weddings to double amputees, Aaron Joel Santos shows us Vietnam from behind the lens. But today he's showing us Vietnam from behind the mic. Aside from being an amazing photographer Aaron is really funny and interesting guy, and tells Kim about his travels through Vietnam and South East Asia.     Read More »

Viet Metalhead

Viet Metalhead
March 30, 2015

Uyen Vu is a high-end jewelry marketing expert. She's also a recovering metal head with a New Orleans past.     From Chopin to Metallica music, Uyen talks about musical influences, her her life on the road as a working heavy metal musician, and her current days in L.A. fashion culture mogul. Read More »

VietNOLA Fight Club: Thanh, Vinh, and Grandmaster Tai Le

VietNOLA Fight Club: Thanh, Vinh, and Grandmaster Tai Le
February 15, 2015

Grandmaster Tai Le began his disciplines in Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu as an eight-year old in Vietnam.  In the years before he fled the country, he would teach classes to hundreds of people at a time - sometimes on tennis courts!   When he came to the US as a refugee in 1982, he had to work as a pipe-fitter to support his young family, but he continued to train on his... Read More »

Eric Tang on Vietnamese and African American Solidarity post-Katrina

Eric Tang on Vietnamese and African American Solidarity post-Katrina
January 20, 2015

When we think of the big city racial crises, there's often that image of an Asian community caught in the middle of it - perhaps epitomized by the Asian shopkeeper in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing" who, in defending his business from the same angry mob that had just burned down Sal's Pizzaria shouts:  "I no white!  I black!  You, me, same!" Things could have been that way in New... Read More »

Quoc Hoang

Quoc Hoang
December 23, 2014

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... Read More »

What We've Got Here is A Failure to Communicate

What We've Got Here is A Failure to Communicate
December 5, 2014

Think back if you can, to a time when you were a kid and your parents were called to school to talk about your progress in the classroom, or about disciplinary problems on the playground.  And try and imagine what it would have been like if your parents didn’t speak English and the school admin couldn’t properly communicate with them due to the language barrier, and so they had to... Read More »

From Scotland to Saigon

From Scotland to Saigon
August 19, 2014

What do you do after earning runner-up status on NBC's The Voice and releasing a #1 single on iTunes?  You go to Vietnam and appear on their version of the The Voice of course!  That's what New Orleans-based recording artist Terry McDermott did anyway, and he killed it there too! Terry's been described by Adam Levine as having a "clean, and really pristine, beautiful voice" and by others as having a brit-pop sound that's well,... Read More »

I'll take the Baby, but HOLD the Husband

I'll take the Baby, but HOLD the Husband
July 2, 2014

Many of us are aware of some of the profound changes happening in Vietnam as it emerges into the global age.  We see images of modern skyscrapers appearing on the Saigon skyline and cars replacing the ubiquitous motorbikes on Hanoi's streets, but change also means shifts in family structure and how men and women see their place in the family, and in society at large.   In the early 1990's, Seattle... Read More »

Tung Bach Ly - A Seriously Busy Guy

Tung Bach Ly - A Seriously Busy Guy
May 29, 2014

Have you ever been to the DMV or some other official kind of place and seen immigrant parents with little English proficiency helped out with the paperwork by their school-aged children?  Tung Ly was that kid.  When he was growing up in Tulsa, there were many occasions where he had to help his parents with basic stuff that many of us would have taken for granted. Nowadays Tung is still playing... Read More »

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