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The Bánh Mì Chronicles

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The word “ Bánh Mì “ means “bread” in Vietnamese. Bánh Mì sandwiches are a long-time Vietnamese staple that’s been influenced since the French colonization. It was the first Vietnamese food I grew to like as a Southeast Asian kid growing up in a White middle class neighborhood outside of Chicago. Th… read more

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Writing the Vietnamese-American Journey w/ Thanhha Lai

(S2, EP 1) For the 1st episode for Season 2's "1975" theme, Viet-American bestselling author Thanhha Lai joined me as a guest for this episode.  Thanhha recently released her critically-acclaimed fiction book, Butterfly Yellow. In our discussion, she shares her experience writing her latest book, as well as her upbringing growing up in Vietnam during the time of war before resettling with her 9 siblings and her mother in the American South. 


Special thanks to my sponsor, Lawrence and Argyle, a Viet-American owned merchandise line representing immigrant empowerment.  Get yourself a pin, hoodie or t-shirt and show off your immigrant pride.  Visit them at or follow them on IG @LawrenceandArgyle or on Facebook. 



Thanhhà Lại is the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Inside Out & Back Again, Listen, Slowly and most recently Butterfly Yellow, a YA debut the New York Times called a “radiant pearl of a book.” She came to Alabama as a 10-year-old refugee after the Vietnam War ended in 1975. Before writing fiction, she was a journalist in California and taught writing at The New School. She lives in New York with her family and three dogs.

Social media links:

FB: Thanhha Lai

Twitter: @ThanhhaLai

IG: Thanhha_Lai


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