Season 9

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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Sept. 3, 2023

Queerness and Ma w/Putsata Reang

In this week's episode, I chatted with journalist and author of her memoir, "Ma and Me", Putsata Reang. We talked about the process in writing her memoir, her queerness and Khmer identity and how that affected her relationshi...

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Aug. 27, 2023

The Layers of DEI w/Rahimeh Ramezany

(S9, EP 3) Rahimeh Ramezany discusses the lack of Muslim and religious groups in DEI work, and her advocacy in raising that awareness through her work. We talk about the current state of DEI, and Rahimeh shares important prac...

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Aug. 20, 2023

Drag is Beautiful w/ Kahmora Hall

(S9, EP 2) Kahmora Hall chats about her upbringing as a queer Viet American, and the challenging conversations she had with her parents about getting into drag performance. She spoke about her experience being on RuPaul's Dra...

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Aug. 13, 2023

An Introspective Take w/ Linda Yu

Retired Chicago veteran news anchor Linda Yu kicks off my season 9 opener as we talk about her decades-long career in Chicago news television, what it was like to navigate the news media industry as an Asian American woman, a...

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