VietNOLA

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.

VietNOLA - Viet Verse

VietNOLA - Viet Verse
October 23, 2013

When nobody he knows is looking, aspiring optometrist Travis Tran is a secret spoken word artist. Normally performing only at closed NOLA Viet events, Travis outs himself with a rare public performance on this edition of VietNola. Read More »

Viet Men CAN Jump

Viet Men CAN Jump
October 17, 2013

Viet baller Daniel H Nguyen breaks stereotypes by proving Asian men CAN jump. The Louisiana-based basketball team the Pandas have also spawned Asian-American soccer, softball, and football teams, taking home 21 championships. Read More »

VietNOLA - Revenge of the Viet Nerds

VietNOLA - Revenge of the Viet Nerds
October 9, 2013

Kathleen Carlin, pioneer English as a Second Language teacher in the NOLA Viet community, has decades of disproportionate Viet student success stories, in the classroom and beyond. Read More »

VietNOLA - Going for Gold

VietNOLA - Going for Gold
October 1, 2013

In her new book Dreaming of Money in Ho Chi Minh City, Allison Truitt covers everything from gold shops to temples. A Caucasian woman fluent in Vietnamese, Truitt spent 10 years in Vietnam and New Orleans researching her book and raising bi-racial children. Read More »

VietNOLA - Your Favorite Professor

VietNOLA - Your Favorite Professor
September 24, 2013

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. Read More »

Let's Talk Business

Let's Talk Business
September 17, 2013

It's all business talk with MQVN's Business Development Counselor Khai Nguyen. From farmers co-ops in NOLA East to corner stores citywide, the Viets are everywhere in NOLA. Read More »

Wanderlusters Sing Hillbilly Soul in Saigon

Wanderlusters Sing Hillbilly Soul in Saigon
September 10, 2013

Nick Rivette and ex-New Orleanian Davis Zunk of the Saigon-based Americana band the Wanderlusters talk crooning country for Saigon teenagers and Aussie embassy types. Read More »

VietNOLA - Coming Out Vietnamese Style

VietNOLA - Coming Out Vietnamese Style
September 2, 2013

Timmy Vo goes where no man has gone before - openly gay in New Orleans East. Coming out in a traditional Vietnamese-American community has gotten people talking, notably the youth. Read More »

VietNOLA - Vietnamese Banquet Meets Fight Club

VietNOLA - Vietnamese Banquet Meets Fight Club
August 26, 2013

Dinner Lab Head Chef Paco Robert talks about fine dining in a NOLA boxing gym and a secret 15 course Vietnamese meal in an undisclosed location. Read More »

VietNOLA - Bottoms Not Up

VietNOLA - Bottoms Not Up
August 19, 2013

Non-profit staff Daniel Nguyen talks teaching aquaponics to underemployed fishermen here and in Vietnam and teaches our listeners about Vietnamese karaoke-drinking etiquette in NOLA East. Read More »

VietNOLA - Easterner fo Life

VietNOLA - Easterner fo Life
August 12, 2013

Anh Gauthreaux shares what it's like to grow up in New Orleans East, return, days after Katrina, for a Thanksgiving lunch amongst piles of trash, and eventually move her family right next door to her parents after living away for 14 years. Read More »

VietNOLA - Pastry Chef gets her Pie in the Sky

VietNOLA - Pastry Chef gets her Pie in the Sky
August 5, 2013

How does a Viet girl in the East break it to her parents that she's not going to law school? Kieu Tran goes from amateur baker trained by youtube to winning a full-ride scholarship from the John Besh Foundation to attend the International Culinary Center. Read More »

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