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February 19, 2020

Episode: 12

Host: Trami Nguyen Cron

Male Voice: Thomas Vo

Female Voice: Trami Nguyen Cron

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

In this episode, you will be hearing ten translated stories written by Vietnamese elders from San Jose, CA as part of an art exhibit at the San Jose Museu...

January 22, 2020

Episode: 11

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Guest: Céline Do

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

In this episode, we’ll be talking to Céline Hồng Hương Đỗ, a Vietnamese-Canadian figurative oil painter and filmmaker, who is currently produ...

Prepping Time: 1 hour,  1 hour marinade

Cooking time: 1 hr per batch

Yields: 25 Mini Bánh Chưng


1 bag (12oz) dried pre-peeled mung beans, clean and soak in water for 10 mintues

6 cups sweet rice, clean and soak in water for 10 minutes

1 lb pork belly, cut into 1...

November 27, 2019

Immigration is now a controversial topic, whether it’s regarding the legality to which groups are “allowed” or “welcome.” The Sea That Beckoned by poet Angela Gabrielle Fabunan illustrates her personal experience immigrating from the Philippines to New York, USA as she...

November 26, 2019

Episode: 10

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Guests: Nguyen Pham & Duy Pham

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

“Besides having to deal with self-identity issues, I struggled with my eating, my weight, finding a partner, seeking acceptance f...

October 1, 2019

Ensuring that the family is financially stable is a shared sentiment among most Filipino immigrant parents with American-born children. With this in mind, these Filipino American children are often not encouraged to pursue a career outside of STEM, or Science Technolog...

August 22, 2019

When writers of color share their work, their ethnic background is often taken into consideration; however, individuals are complex and contain a myriad of experiences and identities outside of their ethnicity.

Chrysanthemum Tran is a Vietnamese American poet and the f...

August 22, 2019

Episode: 9

Hosts: Jennifer Tran and Trami Cron

Produced by: Chopsticks Alley

Sponsor: Thomas Vo Farmers Agency

Welcome to Chopsticks Alley's History, Myths, and Legends Podcast Series. In this episode, we explore a classic Vietnamese tale. If you grew up in a Vietnam the...

August 13, 2019

This story is republished with permission from Kristi Yang.  Though Yang is not of Vietnamese descent, her story resonates with Vietnamese traditions.  Here is her story:

I hated everything about the Hmong culture. I hated attending weddings, gatherings, funerals,...

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