VietNOLA

From Scotland to Saigon – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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I’ll take the Baby, but HOLD the Husband – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

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…

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Barbara Weaver/Thanh Nga Nguyen – War Baby – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

When Barbara Weaver’s father Mike went to Vietnam in 1967 to serve in the war, he brought with him not much more than a rucksack with his toothbrush, a few family photos, and some clothes. When he returned to the States almost ten years later, it was with a Vietnamese wife and seven children –…

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The Rebel of Village de L’Est – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

More than twenty years before the Cyndi Nguyen ran for City Council, there was the self described rebel Cindy Nguyen who nearly got herself kicked out of high school and went off to Iowa in search of something different. The Cyndi who returned to New Orleans nearly ten years later had a college degree and…

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A Village Called Versailles – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

The Vietnamese were among the first to return to the City to rebuild their homes after Hurricane Katrina – in many cases before there was a promise of any kind of assistance from government, Brad Pitt, or anyone else.  As things began to return to normal, the City of New Orleans released plans for the…

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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…

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Pho, Banh Xeo, and Soda Chanh, O-Mai! – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

Anybody who’s followed the New Orleans food scene over the past few years would likely have noticed the proliferation of Vietnamese restaurants across the city.  Food that was once found only in Vietnamese enclaves on the West Bank or in the East is now found in restaurants, grocery stores, and even growing in gardens throughout…

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NOLA Viets Get A Taste of Medicine – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

Having left Atlanta, Cam Tu Nguyen moved to New Orleans for love and stayed for her love of New Orleans and its Viet community.  As a non-profit organizer Cam educates everyone in the NOLA Viet community from underserved fisherfolk to church-going professionals about Obamacare.

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Rocking out in Saigon – VietNOLA – It’s New Orleans

Have you ever been walking the streets of Saigon, looked around, and said to yourself, “this place is great but it’s needs more hillbilly soul bands.” Well wish no longer because Kim sat down with Nick Rivette and Davis Zunk of The Wanderlusters. Nick and Davis joined us all the way from Saigon to talk…

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

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.

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