• 344- Chef David Nguyen

    Chef David is a first generation Vietnamese American Cook and Content Creator. His culinary journey started at a young age. Growing up, he watched his mom cook to provide for the family—from selling rice plates as a street vendor in Vietnam to cooking for family gatherings. She is his biggest inspiration, and the reason why he cooks today.

    David's professional training was cut short at the start of the pandemic. He lost his kitchen job and had nothing to do and started filming and sharing his recipes on social media in 2020. With persistence and a little luck, he now has a community of passionate foodies like himself.



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    1h 8m - Apr 23, 2024
  • 343 - Bao Nguyen - Director of The Greatest Night In Pop

    Bao Nguyen is an Emmy-nominated Vietnamese American filmmaker whose work has been seen on HBO, Netflix, the New York Times, ESPN, among many others. He directed BE WATER, a deep dive into the life and journey of Bruce Lee, competed in the U.S. Documentary Competition category at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival and was invited to other prestigious festivals such as SXSW, Cannes, Telluride, Hot Docs, among many others. It broadcast nationally on ESPN and is the most watched ESPN 30 for 30 film ever. 


    His latest film, THE GREATEST NIGHT IN POP, a feature documentary about the making of the seminal global hit song, "We Are the World", world premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival and launched globally on Netflix on January 29th where it quickly became the number one film globally on the platform. He also recently directed Apple’s first major project in Vietnam, a Shot on iPhone film featuring Vietnam’s hottest singer, tlinh.


    In addition to his directing work, he is a partner at EAST Films, a production company based in Vietnam looking to elevate Vietnamese cinema domestically and abroad. At EAST, he produced the feature ROM which won the top prize at the 2019 Busan International Film Festival and was one of the highest grossing films in Vietnam in 2020, and MAIKA which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. 


    He is 2011 PBS/WGBH Producers Workshop Fellow, an alumnus of the 2012 and 2014 Berlinale Talent Campus, a Firelight Media Fellow, and a 2022 BAFTA US Breakthrough recipient. He earned his BA in Politics/International Relations at NYU and his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is currently repped by CAA and managed by Mosaic.





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    1h 11m - Apr 18, 2024
  • 342 - Thu Nguyen + Timothy Bui - M.E.M.O. - Medical, Educational Missions & Outreach.

    M.E.M.O. is an acronym for Medical, Educational Missions & Outreach. A The organization consists of a group of doctors, health professionals, and student volunteers that travel to Vietnam to hold free health clinics in villages. Part of the mission of M.E.M.O is to conduct a preliminary needs assessment, administer vitamins for the severely malnourished population, treat patients to the highest ethical standard, and sponsor referrals to those with needs beyond the mission's capabilities.

    Every summer a group consisting of doctors, health professionals, and student volunteers from U.C.I., U.S.C & U.C.S.D. chapters of M.E.M.O. travel to impoverished communities in Vietnam. It is during this mission trip that the programs (Dental, Heart, Hope, Scholarship) reach fruition, thanks to the dedicated volunteer members throughout the year as well as the mission goers and doctors who dedicate their expertise as well.

    M.E.M.O holds free health clinics in rural areas for 3-4 days of the mission trip. During these clinics, trained M.E.M.O. volunteers have the opportunity to partake in the following stations: patient intake, crowd control, triage, dental, pharmacy, consultation, EKG, ultrasound and physical therapy. 

    Through these health clinics, the students have the privilege to not only assist the underserved communities of Vietnam but also have the opportunity to observe and learn first hand from medical professionals. The volunteer doctors can provide primary assessment, prescribe medication and/or transfer patients to the EKG or ultrasound specialists. For patients who require care that are beyond M.E.M.O's capabilities, sponsor referrals to local hospitals are available so that local patients are able to get the necessary treatment.



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    56m - Apr 15, 2024
  • 341 - Christina Vo - Author

    Christina Vo is a Santa Fe-based author whose work delves into themes such as loss, intergenerational trauma, healing, identity, and the notions of home and reconciliation. Her second book, My Vietnam, Your Vietnam, is an intergenerational memoir co-written with her father.

    Christina is also the author of The Veil Between Two Worlds: A Memoir of Silence, Loss, and Finding Home. With a background in international work, Christina has experience at UNICEF, the World Economic Forum, and various nonprofits. She currently works at Stanford University and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.



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    1h 3m - Apr 11, 2024
  • 340 - Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde - Ao Dai Festival Curator

    Professor Kieu-Linh Caroline Valverde received her B.A. in Political Science and Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her teaching, research and organizing interests include: Southeast Asian American history and contemporary issues, mixed race and gender theories, Fashionology, Aesthetics, Diaspora, and Transnationalism Studies.

    As a passionate advocate for the arts, she curated the exhibit Áo Dài: A Modern Design Coming of Age (2006) for the San Jose Museum of Quits and Textiles in partnership with Association for Viet Arts, and consults for the annual Áo Dài Festival held in San Jose (2011, 2012 and 2024).




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    53m - Apr 3, 2024
  • 339 - Jacqueline Thu Thao - Executive Producer of Fragile Flower

    Dr. Jacqueline Thu Thao (Dr. J) is the executive producer of the new feature film Fragile Flower. Before she entered into the film industry, Dr. J graduated from the University of Southern California with a Doctorate in Pharmacy in 1998.

    She took a two-year sabbatical to learn about herbs and plants from Eastern countries and incorporated this knowledge with Western science teachings, in order to combine the best of both Eastern Ayurveda and Western medicine, empowering Dr. J’s Natural to become a credible science-based nutraceuticals and cosmeceuticals company.

    As a clinical compounding pharmacist for 23 years, she founded Dr. J’s Natural with the motivation of “Do Good, Feel Good.” With a passion for health and wellness, Dr. J aims to create products that are simple, effective and affordable for all. In addition to her goal to promote healthy living, Dr. J desires to give back to those in need through Dr. J’s Natural, vowing to give 10% of every dollar to a number of non-profit organizations worldwide.

    Some of these non-profit organizations include Kiva, Because of the Heart, Handicapped of the Orphans Fund for children in Vietnam and American Uniformed Services Association in the USA. For the past 12 years. Dr. J has been very passionate about her health and her clients’ health. She frequently holds seminars and launched a popular wellness blog.




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    57m - Mar 27, 2024
  • 338 - Jeannie Mai - Television Host + Fashion Expert + Producer

    Jeannie Camtu Mai is an American television personality, best known for her work on the makeover show How Do I Look? and the syndicated daytime talk show The Real.

    As a fashion expert, she is frequently featured on television programs such as Today, Extra TV, Entertainment Tonight, and Insider. She has also appeared as a host for E! and as a red carpet host for the American Music Awards.

    Mai was a correspondent for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Miss Universe pageants; she co-hosted the 2022 and 2023 editions as well.



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    1h 9m - Mar 25, 2024
  • 337 - Tahnee Phan - Assistant Superintendent Garden Grove Unified School District

    Tahnne Phan has spent 24 years in public education, working in the Garden Grove Unified School District. She has spent time as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal, high school principal and Director of K-12 Educational Services.

    She currently serves as an Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and oversees transportation, food services, information technology, facilities, maintenance and operations, fiscal services and operations and risk management.

    Her district serves 38,100 students, including all schools in the Little Saigon area and surrounding areas and 68 school campuses and over 5,000 employees.



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    1h 0m - Mar 22, 2024
  • 336 - Alex Thai - Research Assistant Professor at the Vietnam Center and Archive

    Alex-Thai Dinh Vo is Research Assistant Professor at the Vietnam Center & Archive (VNCA), Texas Tech University. He is a historian of modern Vietnam and East and Southeast Asia, specializing in Cold War politics and the Vietnam Wars. He oversees the VNCA Vietnam War MIAs and Legacies Research Project and the VNCA Vietnamese Oral History Project.

    He formerly served as a historian with the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Agency and a research scholar with the U.S.-Vietnam Center at the University of Oregon. He is the co-editor of Toward a Framework for Vietnamese American Studies: History, Community, and Memory (Temple University Press, 2023).

    He is published and interviewed on Voice of AmericaRadio Free Asia, and the BBC. He holds a Ph.D. and two MAs in history from Cornell University and a B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley.

    To submit entries for the Vietnamese Heritage Museum’s call to reflect on the event of April 30th, 1975, and its consequences, please send physical submissions to the Vietnamese Heritage Museum at PO Box 27372 Santa Ana, CA 92799; digital submissions can be sent to info@vietnamesemuseum.org and/or alextvo@vietnamesemuseum.org.



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    1h 7m - Mar 20, 2024
  • 335 - Francis Lam - Host of the Splendid Table

    Francis Lam is the host of The Splendid Table, produced by American Public Media. A regular contributor and frequent guest host on The Splendid Table since 2010, Lam is the former Eat columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Vice President and Editor-in-Chief at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing.

    For two seasons, Lam was a regular judge on Bravo’s hit show, Top Chef Masters. An award-winning writer, Lam has written for numerous publications, including GourmetBon AppetítFood & WineLucky PeachSaveurSalon, Men’s Journal, and the Financial Times. He graduated first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America and holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. He lives with his family in New York City.



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    58m - Mar 12, 2024
  • 334 - Pham Dinh Hue - Cố Vấn Ngành Giáo Dục

    Pham Dinh Hue là một người cố vấn về ngành giáo dục đã nghỉ hưu với hơn ba thập niên làm việc trong lãnh vực giáo dục tai đại học Quận Cam. 



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    56m - Mar 8, 2024
  • 333 - Viet D. Dinh — American Legal Scholar and Former Chief Legal and Policy Officer of Fox Corporation

    Viet D. Dinh — American legal scholar, former Chief Legal and Policy Officer of Fox Corporation and former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy.



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    1h 7m - Mar 5, 2024
  • 332 - Chris Tran - Chris Tran Travels - Content Creator

    Chris Tran is a content creator and former language instructor. He's been a language and social sciences teacher. Currently living in Saigon.



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    1h 24m - Feb 27, 2024
  • 331 - Rachele Nguyen - Singer

    Rachele Nguyen was a contestant on season 2023 of The Voice. As Rachele's voice highlighted unbelievable notes, she received a chair turn from Reba McEntire.

    Rachele's parents first discovered she could sing when she was 2, when they realized she was singing along to the Vietnamese music her dad would play in the car. At 9, Rachele had the opportunity to participate in a Vietnamese singing competition show and became known in the community.

    The show sparked her interest in performing and she's been singing for people ever since. As much as Rachele loves singing, she also loves playing piano. As a first-generation Vietnamese American, Rachele keeps her culture alive by learning to speak, read, write and sing in Vietnamese with help of her grandma. She represents her Vietnamese culture on the Voice and has inspired other young Vietnamese artists.



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    1h 4m - Feb 20, 2024
  • 330 - Gustavo Arellano - Los Angeles Times Columnist + Author

    Gustavo Arellano is an American writer and journalist. He is a featured contributor for the Los Angeles Times and the former editor of Orange County's alternative weekly OC Weekly.

    Arellano has won numerous awards for the column, including the 2006 and 2008 Best Non-Political Column in a large-circulation weekly from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the 2007 Presidents Award from the Los Angeles Press Club and an Impacto Award from the National Hispanic Media Coalition, and a 2008 Latino Spirit award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

    In 2018, Arellano was featured in the "Tacos" episode of the hit Netflix show Ugly Delicious. He has also written an episode of the American cartoon Bordertown.



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    1h 4m - Feb 16, 2024
  • 329 - Thao French - Muralist + Photographer

    Thao Huynh French is an artist, muralist and photographer. Born in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, she currently lives and works in San Diego, California. She is best known for co-founding Mindful Murals™ with her husband, where together they’ve painted over 300 community murals for schools and public spaces all over California. In addition to painting murals, she develops projects that intersect social justice and also paints commissions and displays artwork in galleries.

    Her work explores different varieties of flowers, family history and her Asian American heritage. Her art is a mixture of abstract and figurative concepts that are often broad and contrasting in ways of style and mediums with no limitation of color. Her work continues to evolve, using her training in traditional painting and figurative drawing to experiment with more modern ways to create art styles that are uniquely hers.



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    1h 26m - Feb 14, 2024
  • 328 - Dada Ngo (Boiling Crab Founder) + Kristin Nguyen (Garlic & Chive Founder)

    Please join us as we host this live FOOD and FOUNDERS session with Dada Ngo and Kristin Nguyen, brought to you by Advance OC and Center for Entrepreneurship.

    The Boiling Crab was founded by Sinh Nguyen and Dada Ngo, a Vietnamese husband-and-wife couple. They opened the chain's first restaurant in 2004 in Garden Grove's Little Saigon. It opened its first intercontinental location in the Kakaʻako district of Honolulu, Hawaii in 2016. 

    The first international restaurant was opened in May 2020 in Shanghai. Locations in Australia started operation in early 2021. Meanwhile, a Harvard Square location in Cambridge, Massachusetts began business in early 2022.


    Kristin Nguyen is the founder of Garlic & Chives Garlic, an award winning restaurant in the heart of Little Saigon in Orange County, well-known for two things: its deep-fried salmon belly dish and one of the longer waits for a table in Little Saigon.

    Kristin is the chef behind the concept, has won several prestigious accolades, including Best Vietnamese Restaurant in OC Weekly‘s Best Of 2015 and has been on Jonathan Gold's list of 100 best restaurants for many years.




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    1h 4m - Feb 12, 2024
  • 327 - Quyen Phan - Vinason + Anchovies and Salt founder

    Quyen has lived in the Seattle area for 31 years. He got started in the restaurant industry in 2012 with a small deli shop in Renton.

    Before that, he was in construction which served him well in designing Anchovies & Salt into the largest Vietnamese restaurant outside of Vietnam.



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    1h 13m - Feb 5, 2024
  • 326 - Tino Huynh - Rebel Saint Music Label

    Tino Huynh is the manager at PinkBunny, Manager of Jackie Njine and Founder, Director, CEO at RebelSaint Records.



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    1h 8m - Feb 2, 2024
  • 325 - Tina Nguyen - MAGA Diaries - Author

    In The MAGA Diaries, Tina Nguyen pulls back the curtain on the conservative machine for the first time, shining a light on the systematized on-ramp for young Republicans. These are the new leaders of the right, and it’s urgent we start paying attention.

    Tina Nguyen is a national correspondent for Puck, covering the world of Donald Trump and the American right. Previously, Nguyen was a White House reporter for Politico, a staff reporter for Vanity Fair Hive, and an editor at Mediaite.

    She was nominated for a James Beard Award for her coverage of the restaurant industry while working at The Braiser. A Brooklyn transplant, Nguyen graduated from Claremont McKenna College and lives in Washington.

    Follow her on Twitter @Tina_Nguyen.



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    42m - Jan 31, 2024
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