Second Wave

Second Wave
A new podcast from KUOW Public Radio and PRX follows Thanh Tan as she uncovers how a war that ended decades ago is still affecting the Vietnamese community.

What If
Nov 28, 2017 • 21 min
What would it take to pack up your life and move to a new country? It’s a question Thanh’s parents didn’t have the luxury of asking when they fled Vietnam to America 40 years ago. But Thanh has always wondered what life would have been like for her if her…
Nov 14, 2017 • 29 min
When Thanh’s godsister Kristie invites her to revisit their families’ escape from Vietnam, Thanh is not sure what to expect. Thanh agrees to go with Kristie and they visit the small fishing village where her family’s journey to America began. They…
The Flag
Oct 31, 2017 • 23 min
Growing up, Thanh had an affinity for two flags: The American flag and the Vietnamese flag. The problem is, the flag she grew up believing was the Vietnamese flag is not the same as the official flag of Vietnam. The official flag of Vietnam is still a…
Oct 17, 2017 • 18 min
When Thanh Tan was growing up, pho wasn’t cool. Now, it’s an “it” dish and it’s taking on a life of its own as more Americans eat and serve it. We look at the origins of pho and how it has come to define who Vietnamese-Americans are in their adopted…
Beauty Pageant
Oct 3, 2017 • 22 min
When Thanh is invited to judge a local beauty pageant, she confronts a difficult question: What makes an “ideal” Vietnamese-American woman? This episode explores how old Vietnamese traditions are kept alive through the ritual of a modern day beauty…
Good Guys, Bad Guys
Sep 19, 2017 • 26 min
The story of the Vietnam War has been told many times, but not necessarily by Vietnamese people. When she was growing up, Thanh’s parents didn’t talk about what happened to them. And her school history books glossed over the conflict. Most accounts of the…
Viet Kieu
Sep 5, 2017 • 18 min
After her father was falsely accused of being a communist and Thanh found herself embroiled in a dramatic court case, she discovered there is a lot her family is not talking about. In interviews with friends, family and author Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thanh…
Aug 14, 2017 • 3 min
Second Wave, a new podcast from KUOW in Seattle that explores the Vietnamese-American refugee experience. Host Thanh Tan will share stories from this community, stories of heartbreak and triumph, born from a war in Vietnam that still lingers in all our…