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The Bánh Mì Chronicles

93 EpisodesProduced by Randy KimWebsite

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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Processing Loss & Living w/ Joanna Leynes

Trigger warning:  Topic of suicide and mental health

For Season 1, Episode 2, I chatted with Joanna Leynes who shares her personal experience with mental health as a suicide survivor, and has since been on a mission to advocate for suicide awareness and prevention.  We connected through the loss of our mutual friend Allen Lau who passed away on 8/16/2019.  We shared fond memories of him, and the importance of honoring his memory.  This episode is dedicated in his honor.  Here's Joanna Leyne's bio:

"Joanna is a 36-year-old wife and working mother of 2 young boys. She is a second generation Filipina-American, born and raised in Chicago. She works as a Product Content Manager for a website. Outside of work, Joanna enjoys portrait and event photography and graphic design. She is an outspoken mental health advocate and writes about topics like family life, wellness and beauty on her new blog and on her Instagram @mama_jley. "

For information on suicide awareness and prevention, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at

The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-TALK (

Suicide Hotline for Transgender folks:; 1-877-565-8860

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