Second Wave

8 EpisodesProduced by KUOW

Hollywood has told us many stories of the Vietnam War, but these are some of the untold stories of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who settled in the U.S. in its wake.

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What If

November 28th, 2017


What would it take to pack up your life and move to a new country? It’s a question Thanh’s parents didn’t have the luxury of asking when they fled …


November 14th, 2017


When Thanh’s godsister Kristie invites her to revisit their families’ escape from Vietnam, Thanh is not sure what to expect. Thanh agrees to go with Kristie and they visit the small fishing village where her family’s …

The Flag

October 31st, 2017


Growing up, Thanh had an affinity for two flags: The American flag and the Vietnamese flag. The problem is, the flag she grew up believing was the Vietnamese flag is not the same as the official flag of Vietnam. The …


October 17th, 2017


When Thanh Tan was growing up, pho wasn’t cool. Now, it’s an “it” dish and it’s taking on a life of its own as more Americans eat and serve it. We …

Beauty Pageant

October 3rd, 2017


When Thanh is invited to judge a local beauty pageant, she confronts a difficult question: What makes an “ideal” Vietnamese-American woman? This …

Good Guys, Bad Guys

September 19th, 2017


The story of the Vietnam War has been told many times, but not necessarily by Vietnamese people. When she was growing up, Thanh’s parents didn’t talk …

Viet Kieu

September 5th, 2017


After her father was falsely accused of being a communist and Thanh found herself embroiled in a dramatic court case, she discovered there is a lot her family is not talking about. In interviews with friends, family and …


August 14th, 2017


Second Wave, a new podcast from KUOW in Seattle that explores the Vietnamese-American refugee experience. Host Thanh Tan will share stories from this community, stories of heartbreak and triumph, born from a war in …

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