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Coffee with BAO

32 EpisodesProduced by Bao Vo CreativeWebsite

Coffee with BAO is a podcast and Youtube video series where Vietnamese American songwriter and producer Bao Vo speaks with diverse guests from the creative and business world, exploring their cultural identity, creative process, and personal growth. Each episode seeks to encourage awareness and empa… read more

32 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Season 2, Ep 1: Bao & Kei co-host the return of Coffee with BAO

November 26th, 2023


Let's kick off Coffee with BAO Season 2 with a fun conversation with my 16 year old niece Kei! We get to know each other better at the park in the …

Coffee with BAO Season 2 is Coming Soon!

November 9th, 2023


Coffee with BAO, Season 2 is in the works. I love this show but it was so much work to put together! So Season 2 will be much shorter episodes, much more informal, and way less structured. To check out the podcast, …

Ep 27: Tonie – Music Artist and Educator

March 11th, 2022


This week I'm joined by music artist and educator Tonie, aka Tony Nguyen, to share their new song "Daydreaming," which we wrote together a few months ago. We'll also talk about Tonie's path to becoming their current …

Ep 26: Katie Hargrove – Artist and Songwriter

November 24th, 2021


I'm trying out a more informal and shorter format, please let me know if it's better, worse, or if you have other ideas! Also, podcasts now include video too, if your Podcast player supports it. This week Katie Hargrove …

Ep 25: Dr. Cate Le – Infectious diseases physician and author of "Coronavirus is Boo Boo"

August 23rd, 2021


Dr. Cate Le, an infectious disease specialist and author chats with BAO about her debut children's book "Coronavirus is Boo Boo," and a few other timely topics. We learn about her upbringing as a Vietnamese American …

Ep. 24: Ashley Nguyen DeWitt – Animation casting and voice director

July 17th, 2021


Animation casting and voice director, actor, and singer Ashley Nguyen DeWitt chats with BAO about her biracial Vietnamese and African American upbringing and career in the entertainment industry. Ashley's work includes …

Ep 23: Kyle Dombroski – Drummer and music educator

June 12th, 2021


Professional percussionist, audio engineer, and music educator Kyle Dombroski joins BAO to chat about his experience as a Korean American adoptee growing up in Central Illinois, his career in various facets of music, …

Ep. 22: JohnnyD Nguyen – Founder of Viet Q Media

May 29th, 2021


In this special #AAPIheritagemonth episode, Vietnamese American entrepreneur and entertainment industry veteran JohnnyD Nguyen chats with BAO about topics that are top-of-mind for the Vietnamese diaspora all around the …

Ep 21: Denise Santos – Film and TV Composer

May 22nd, 2021


Film and television composer Denise Santos chats with BAO about her musical upbringing in Manilla, her unplanned decision to stay in the US, and her career as a touring musician and composer. We discuss her work on Ella …

Ep 20: Jeremy Nguyen – Illustrator and New Yorker Cartoonist

May 15th, 2021


Illustrator and New Yorker cartoonist Jeremy Nguyen chats with BAO about his Vietnamese American upbringing and complicated relationship with being Asian. We take a look at some of his artwork and cartoons for The New …

Ep 19: Alan Z – Hip Hop and R&B Artist

May 9th, 2021


Alan Z, a Chinese American Hip Hop, R&B artist from Atlanta joins Bao Vo for Coffee with BAO. We talk about his international upbringing, early infatuation with rap music, and his new album Face Value, a …

Ep 18: Pierre T. Lambert – Photographer and Youtuber

March 27th, 2021


Adventure photographer and Youtuber Pierre T. Lambert chats with BAO about his French American identity and making his escape from a career in …

Ep 17: Johnny Cubert White – Artist, filmmaker, and photographer

March 13th, 2021


Artist, filmmaker, and photographer Johnny Cubert White joins BAO for a conversation about his career as a television art director, his art, and his life from the Midwest to Downtown Los Angeles. Johnny shares his …

Ep 16: Bennie Mitchell III – Artist, filmmaker, and director of "It Is Well"

February 27th, 2021


Artist, musician, and filmmaker Bennie Mitchell III has an intimate conversation with BAO about his complicated African American history in Savannah, Georgia, his professional and creative journey in music and …

Ep 15: Sahra Nguyen – Founder of Nguyen Coffee Supply

January 30th, 2021


Sahra Nguyen, the award-winning filmmaker, activist, and founder of Nguyen Coffee Supply, speaks with BAO about digging deeper into her Vietnamese American family's refugee story, developing a passion for art and …

Ep 14: Goh Nakamura – Singer-songwriter, film composer, and actor

January 24th, 2021


Singer-songwriter, film composer, and actor Goh Nakamura talks with BAO about his Japanese American family history, the unexpected twists and turns of his career as a musician and film composer, and how he's coping with …

Ep 13: Tessa Young – DJ and founder of Prism DJs

January 16th, 2021


Tessa Young AKA DJ Tessa, the founder of Prism DJs, chats with BAO about her mixed-race background, the twists and turns of her career, and the struggles and failures that have helped her level up. She explains how her …

Ep 12: Jason Chu – Rapper, poet, and activist

January 9th, 2021


Rapper, poet, and activist Jason Chu joins BAO for the inaugural "beer with BAO" as they discuss his Chinese family's history in Southeast Asia, his journey building a decade-long career in hip hop, and his latest album …

Ep 11: Amarantha Da Cruz – Founder of OyeDrum Magazine

January 2nd, 2021


Writer, editor-in-chief, and founder of "OyeDrum Magazine" Amarantha Da Cruz chats with BAO about her cross-cultural upbringing in Brazil and the …

Why I started Coffee with BAO

December 27th, 2020


Happy holidays! I'm grateful to have had such thoughtful conversations with all of my guests on Coffee with BAO in the last couple of months. And …

Ep 10: Jamie Hosmer – Musician and singer-songwriter

December 19th, 2020


Singer/songwriter Jamie Hosmer joins BAO for a casual conversation about his three-decade career as a touring musician, charting his own path from gigging as a teenager in Massachusetts to playing with some of the …

Ep 9: Kristina Wong – Performance artist, comedian, and actor

December 12th, 2020


Performance artist, comedian, and actor Kristina Wong speaks with BAO about her upbringing as a third-generation Chinese American, her path to …

Ep 8: Dale Edward Chung – GRAMMY-winning musician and actor

December 5th, 2020


Actor, musician, and GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dale Edward Chung chats with BAO about his Chinese American family's long history in Northern California, his quest to make music his living, his GRAMMY-winning work as …

Ep 7: Trung Le Nguyen – Illustrator and author of "The Magic Fish"

November 28th, 2020


Comic book artist, illustrator, and debut graphic novelist Trung Le Nguyen talks with BAO about his family's experience as refugees from Vietnam, his hustle as a freelance illustrator, accidentally coming out as gay to …

Introducing "BAO Breaks Down"

November 22nd, 2020


There’s no new episode of Coffee with BAO this week, but I wanted to take this time to introduce you to my new Youtube series called "BAO Breaks …

Ep 6: Sean Li – Serial entrepreneur and podcaster

November 14th, 2020


Entrepreneur and podcaster Sean Li chats with BAO about his Asian American immigrant story, how the Haas School of Business has informed his recent …

Ep. 5: Simon Tam – Musician, activist, and author

November 8th, 2020


Musician, activist, and author Simon Tam has a personal conversation with BAO about his Asian American story, his passion as an activist and educator,  his work ethic as a creator, and the decade-long journey that took …

Ep. 4: Jesse McInturff – Television composer and music educator

October 31st, 2020


TV composer and music educator Jesse McInturff talks with BAO about his varied journey to making a living through music. Jesse composes music for film and television, runs a private music instruction business, and plays …

Ep. 3: Jim Gladstone – Author and cultural journalist

October 24th, 2020


Author and cultural journalist Jim Gladstone talks with BAO about his varied career documenting pop culture and his experience as a gay creative …

Ep. 2: Elissa R. Sloan – Author of "The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes"

October 17th, 2020


Japanese American author Elissa R. Sloan talks with BAO about her mixed-race upbringing in Houston, TX, her career and process as a professional wedding photographer, and goes into detail about the mental health …

Ep. 1: Hieu Gray – Director, producer, and storyteller

October 12th, 2020


Vietnamese American director, producer, and actor Hieu Gray joins BAO for some Vietnamese coffee and food and a conversation about her immigrant story, her creative process as a visual storyteller, and the challenges …

Coming Soon: Coffee With BAO

September 30th, 2020


Hey, It's BAO! I'm a Vietnamese American songwriter, producer, and coffee lover in Los Angeles. Coffee With BAO is an audio podcast and Youtube video series where I have a chat over coffee with guests in music, …

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