The Bánh Mì Chronicles

The Bánh Mì Chronicles

The word “ Bánh Mì “ means “bread” in Vietnamese. Bánh Mì sandwiches are a long-time Vietnamese staple that’s been influenced since the French colonization. It was the first Vietnamese food I grew to like as a Southeast Asian kid growing up in a White middle class neighborhood outside of Chicago.

Through "The Bánh Mì Chronicles," I am looking to "break bánh mì" with AAPI folks in Chicago and beyond, to understand the work they are doing for themselves, their community, and their family. This journey will ensure that our interactions with each other become a part of our history. Support this podcast: <a href="" rel="payment"></a>

October 2022 -- Nominee for "Best Asian-Hosted Podcast" on the People's Choice Podcast Awards
May 2021 -- Named by Apple Podcast as part of their "Never Voiceless, Moving Forward" playlist to celebrate AAPI Month
April 2021 -- Recognized by National Geographic Society as one of the recommended Asian American podcasts.

Recent Episodes

Oct. 22, 2023

Closing Time w/Kenneth Nguyen

Well, this is the last episode of The Banh Mi Chronicles Podcast. I am joined by my friend and podcast host of The Vietnamese, Kenneth Nguyen who interviewed me about the process of the podcast and what to look forward …

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Oct. 15, 2023

Archiving Our Stories w/Tola Livesey

My good friend and fellow Cambodian American Tola Livesey joins us for this episode as we talk about the effects of assimilation and her understanding and curiosity of her Cambodian identity and heritage. She also talks about...

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Oct. 8, 2023

Art as a Disrupter w/Anida Yoeu Ali

(S9, EP 8) Joined by my good friend and internationally acclaimed artist Anida Yoeu Ali, we talked about Anida's journey as a Muslim Khmer American, her years-long work as an artist, and the challenges she's experienced along...

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Oct. 3, 2023

A Man of Two Faces w/Viet Thanh Nguyen

S9, EP 7. Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen is back on my podcast again, this time to talk about his latest book, A Man of Two Faces, the political and socio issues among Vietnamese Americans, and so much more! …

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Sept. 24, 2023

What the Possibilities Can Bring w/Alec Phan

Catching up with my friend Alec Phan about his experience as a Chicago stage actor in a queer/trans-centered production, and his mom's experience as a Vietnamese singer and how it influenced Alec's work as an artist, and more...

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Sept. 17, 2023

Music as a Journey - Dolly Ave

Dolly Ave joined us for this episode as she talks about her recently released debut album, the impact of her mom's passing, and her life and vision as an artist. Bio: Dolly Ave has received radio airplay on powerhouse 103.5 …

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Recent Blog Posts

Season 8 Sponsors

I would like to thank my two new sponsors for Season 8 of the podcast!   VietFive Coffee: Start your day right with VietFive Coffee.  Freshly grown coffee harvested straight from Vietnam and roasted in Chicago, VietFive offers rich …

Sponsors of Season 7

NguyenCoffeeSupply, America’s first specialty Vietnamese coffee company and proud champion of the resilient robusta bean. Follow them on IG @NguyenCoffeeSupply or go to my IG bio to find them. Be sure to use the code: BANHMI10 to get your disc…

Meet Nguyen Coffee Supply, one of Season 7's Sponsors!

The Banh Mi Chronicles would like to officially welcome Nguyen Coffee Supply as my sponsor for Season 7 of the podcast.   Nguyen Coffee Supply is America’s first specialty Vietnamese coffee company and proud champion of the resili…