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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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Chicago Uptown--a Refuge for Southeast Asian folks, 2nd Gen Transition, and Gentrification w/ Hac Tran

Welcome to S1 Ep5 of "The Banh Mi Chronicles" podcast.  I bring to you Hac Tran, a 2nd generation Viet-American who speaks about his experience being involved in the Chicago Uptown community, specifically in the "Asia on Argyle" street neighborhood (also nicknamed as "Little VIetnam" or "New Chinatown").  In our conversation, he speaks about the Vietnamese diaspora, the gentrification issues in the Chicago Uptown neighborhood, and the Haibayo event (a Southeast Asian-American themed late night party held once a month in the Asia on Argyle neighborhood) that he and his partner Jennifer "Nuky" Pham co-founded and organized together.  Be sure to check more about the Haibayo event on Instagram @hai_bayo, and their website at


Hac Tran is an urban planner, community development professional, and cultural producer born in Chicago. His experiences range from youth development with Americorps Jumpstart and capacity building in Vietnam with Save the Children and Global Village Foundation, to human services with various community-based organizations in Uptown and food & cultural focused event planning throughout Chicago. Hac holds a BA in Political Science from DePaul University and a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP) from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently the Diversity Business Outreach Manager for Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown.

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