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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...

January 9, 2018

In the Vietnamese culture, husbands are expected to hold dominant positions in the family. There is no doubt conflicts will arise when patriarchal beliefs changes. Norms and values between husbands and wives are shifting as assimilation takes place in America. As a res...

November 29, 2017

Trauma and its enduring legacy--a well-known but rarely admitted secret among many Vietnamese elders and immigrants. The fall of Saigon in 1975 has left many Vietnamese grappling with the horrors of the war, communist “reeducation”, escapes by boats, and refugee camps....

October 23, 2017

Typhoon Doksuri is one of many severe tropical cyclones that have taken plight in recent months, in both the Atlantic and Pacific regions. Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, and Maria have attracted global social media coverage and attention, with much of the content focusing on...

September 6, 2017

This story has been republished from VietnamEazy.com

As a kid in Saigon I remember my grandmother taking me to watch Lên Đồng, or Spirit Possession Rituals, in the evenings after dinner has been served. She dressed up and took me down alley ways somewhere in our neighbo...

August 31, 2017

Have you ever noticed when walking by Vietnamese coffee shops, restaurants or cafes, there is a distinct smell of cigarette smoke in the air both indoor and outdoor? 

Though in California, we are not allowed to smoke in public spaces and are only allowed to smoke at le...

August 7, 2017

Research studies on health disparities have been conducted on Vietnamese elders since their resettlement in the US the last 40 years. Earlier studies were primarily focused on mental health conditions. However, recent research began to emerge and shows the general Viet...

February 1, 2017

If you have ever visited Vietnam, one of the first instances you will come across are drivers and pedestrians covered from head-to-toe in scarves, gloves and sunglasses in 90 degrees plus weather!

People are not only fearful of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays or dust...

January 26, 2017

If you had a chance to tune in to Chopsticks Alley Talk Live Show on January 22, 2016, these Áo Dài, The following Vietnamese traditional dresses were worn by our models as they explained the history behind each outfit.

All Photos by Josiah Heng

Model: Alexandra Huynh


January 25, 2017

Setting up a Bàn Thờ or Shrine for Tết Lunar New Year is an easy yet complex task. 

Watch our Chopsticks Alley Talk - Live Tet Edition - Episode 11 to learn more about our traditions. 

The idea behind having a Bàn Thờ or Shrine is to give thanks to our ancestors and to...

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