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.
Anthropologist Hoang Nguyen digs into communities as far flung as Vietnamese hillside villages and our NOLA Viet community. Still living in Vietnam, in his spare time Hoang is a martial arts fighter, in real life and on screen, having buddied up with Bruce Willis in GI Joe Retaliation.