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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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Serving the Mission w/ Rep. Chris Chyung

(S3, EP 8) In continuation of the Season 3 theme, "Where Do We Stand?",  Indiana State Representative Chris Chyung joined me as my guest for this episode.  In 2018, he became the youngest (at 25 years old) & first Korean-American elected into office in Indiana's history by beating the district's long-time incumbent by only 82 votes in one of the state's traditionally GOP districts.  This year, he is running for a very tight reelection race.  Rep. Chyung talks about the challenges of running in 2018 as someone new to politics and as an Asian-American running in a district that is 90% white and GOP-leaning.  He discusses what he's learned since taking office and working in a state where the GOP holds the majority control as a Democrat.  We talk about the issues affecting his constituents in the wake of Covid-19, his own approach to navigating his district's politics and with the Democrat party, and his upcoming reelection campaign.  Please check out for more on this episode.  


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 on Instagram @lawrenceandargyle or on their Facebook page



Indiana State Representative Chris Chyung of Dyer represents Indiana House District 15.  Chyung is the ranking minority member of the Local Government Committee. He is also a member of the following Indiana House committees: Financial Institutions, Roads and Transportation, and Veterans Affairs and Public Safety. Chyung was born in Merrillville and graduated from Munster High School. After working as a financial analyst for Pangea Real Estate in Chicago, Chyung started his own real estate company, Koh Holdings LLC, in Hammond. Chyung's volunteer work has included service with Habitat for Humanity Restore as well as the Welcome Network. You can check out his website at

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