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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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Sioux Falls to Denver: Rolling Up My Sleeve w/ Tung Nguyen

(S2, EP 4) Tung Nguyen joined me as a guest for this episode.  Tung and I connected on Instagram when we discovered each other's podcast. Tung is a Vietnamese-American podcaster, engineer, and musician.  He currently runs a podcast called Worksleeve which can be found on streaming services. In our conversation, Tung talked about the complexities of his own upbringing in rural South Dakota where his family's struggle to survive as refugees and navigating life in a mostly white community collided.  He talked about the time he left home at age 16, working odd jobs and would eventually attend college to pursue engineering. He talked about his recent move to Denver, and his hopes to find community in other Asian-American spaces. 


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.



Tung Nguyen is the son of Vietnamese refugees who immigrated to South Dakota in the early 90s. While studying for Mechanical Engineering in college, Tung was heavily involved in the local music scene where he was able to perform in various acts and organize local concerts and benefits. Aside from his studies, Tung was a Station Manager at a community radio station where he developed a passion for broadcasting and communications. After completing his degree, Tung moved to Denver, CO in 2017 to begin his career in engineering and created Worksleeve, a podcast production company .Through Worksleeve, Tung has worked with companies to address their podcasting needs and also produced, engineered, and recorded several podcast shows. These shows vary into pics such as engineering career training, music production and recording, and Vietnamese American studies. For more information about Worksleeve and Tung’s work, visit and connect on IG and Twitter @worksleeve

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