Hosted ByKim Vu

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.

From Boat Person to Gates Scholar – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

We’ve all heard stories of the hard working immigrant who finds success (however you define it) through their own hard work and determination, but do you wonder if it ever truly happens?  It has in 22 year old Ngoc Pham’s case!
When the Ngoc came to the United States, she was eight and had spent all but three years of her life in a refugee camp.  Her father, despite limited English language proficiency supported the family as an auto mechanic, and her mother worked in a factory.  Now Ngoc is at Tulane studying under a full scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will carry her through to a PhD.  
Ngoc joins us to talk about her big plans for a career in Public Health, the role Confucian/Buddhist values play in her life, and she even gives us a little appreciation of K-pop, this week on VietNOLA.