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Saigoneer Podcast: Forgotten Traditions, Making Vietnamese Food Even Healthier and Renaissance Woman Mai Nguyen

Another week, another episode of the Saigoneer Podcast! We're almost to our big 2-0!

On this week's show, we begin (1:34) with a look at some traditions of past eras that have largely fallen by the wayside in this modern age, such as teeth blackening and cricket fights. We also honor a few habits that have survived, such as kite flying and the many rituals of Tet.

Then (12:47) we look at our beloved Vietnamese cuisine and ponder some ways in which it could be even healthier and more well-balanced than it already is. This segment includes a brief kerfuffle over mayo. Let us know if you have any thoughts on how Vietnamese food could be altered.

Our interview segment (22:40) features Mai Nguyen, who has worked in everything from robotics and maker spaces to dyes and social entrepreneurship. She is currently working on a cultural heritage initiative called INGO. Find out more about her wide-ranging projects on her website.

As always, we end with Banh Mi Banter (36:56).

Listen to this episode through the SoundCloud link below, or subscribe on the Apple podcast app, Radio Public or the Google Podcast app.

Have a great week!


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