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Second Wave


Hollywood has told us many stories of the Vietnam War, but these are some of the untold stories of the hundreds of thousands of refugees who settled in the U.S. in its wake.

21:11 | Nov 28th, 2017

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 i...Show More

29:23 | Nov 14th, 2017

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 en...Show More

23:26 | Oct 31st, 2017

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 ...Show More

18:53 | Oct 17th, 2017

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 ...Show More

22:46 | Oct 3rd, 2017

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 p...Show More

26:30 | Sep 19th, 2017

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 o...Show More

18:50 | Sep 5th, 2017

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, Than...Show More

03:05 | Aug 14th, 2017

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 o...Show More