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Tung Bach Ly – A Seriously Busy Guy – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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Quoc Hoang – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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Good Children and The Sniff Kisses – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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Helmets in Southeast Asia – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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.

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Lily the Vietnamese Psychiatrist – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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New Orleans Photographer Captures Hanoi – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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Viet Metalhead – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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.

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VietNOLA Fight Club: Thanh, Vinh, and Grandmaster Tai Le – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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Eric Tang on Vietnamese and African American Solidarity post-Katrina – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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: …

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What We’ve Got Here is A Failure to Communicate – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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