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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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Sometimes It Snows... w/ Amy M. Le

(S4, EP 9) Viet-American self-published author Amy M. Le joined me for this week's episode.  She is the author of three recently published novels partly based on her mom's escape from Vietnam and Amy's upbringing in America, "Snow In Vietnam", "Snow in Seattle", and "Snow's Kitchen: A Novella and Cookbook". We talk about the process of writing her novels and her decision to self-publish. She spoke about the impact of her mother who had passed away, the mending between her and her estranged father, and how her writing has aided in her healing.  Her books are available on Amazon, online independent bookstores and Barnes and Noble. Check out this episode to hear more from Amy and follow her on IG @amy_m_le or on FB at



Amy M. Le was born in Vietnam in July 1974, nine months before the fall of Saigon. In 1979, Amy's mother escaped Vietnam. She took Amy, who was five years old, and Amy's cousin, Tri, with her. They ended up at the Galang Refugee Camp in Indonesia before getting sponsored to Seattle, Washington in 1980.  After college, Amy worked for big tech companies like Microsoft and T-Mobile but in 2017, Amy's life changed when her mother passed away from lung cancer. Amy took three years off from work to write her mother's story as a way to cope with the loss and to honor her mother's memory.  Amy is the award-winning author of "Snow in Vietnam" and "Snow in Seattle," which are historical women's fiction novels that give readers an inside view into the trauma of the boat people of Vietnam and the refugee experience of adapting to a new way of life. Amy's final book in the "Snow" trilogy is "Snow's Kitchen: A Novella and Cookbook," published recently on December 31. written from Amy's voice as a teenager struggling to dovetail two cultures together, it is a coming-of-age story with a collection of family recipes from her mother's kitchen. Today, Amy lives in the Oklahoma City area with her family and pets. Amy is a volunteer at "The Care Center," a child advocacy center in Oklahoma County working with children from abusive environments. She also serves the Oklahoma City Writers Inc. as their President. With three years of writing and three books under her belt, Amy has permanently transitioned from corporate America to novelist.


Season 4 is sponsored by Red Scarf Revolution (RSR).  RSR aims to bring awareness to the tragedies, atrocities and cultural destruction the Cambodian people endured from 1975 to 1979 under the Khmer Rouge regime and how that period impacts us today.  With that awareness, Red Scarf Revolution advocates the silenced art, music, culture,  and language, with designs that incite the resiliency of the Cambodian people.  Visit them at to check out their merch line and to learn more about their work, or follow their Instagram at red_scarf_revolution or on their Facebook.

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