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Holding Heritage

Holding Heritage champions deeper understanding & appreciation of Chinese-Vietnamese Heritage in North America. We focus on Chinese-Vietnamese refugee stories, family relationships, bridging generational gaps and cultural identity. Explore with us through thoughtful storytelling, open and honest conversation, helpful resources, and fun projects. Thank you so much for listening!

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Ep 19: Exploring Roots: 婆婆 po4 po4 & the Police - Raided, Arrested & Pregnant
In May of 1978, the North and South Vietnamese đồng currencies were unified. This episode features a story from my  婆婆 po4 po4 (maternal grandmother) about one particular memory and experience she had during this time in Hanoi. Her home was raided, searched and most of her belongings taken away. Tune in to hear the full conversation in both English and Cantonese! -----As always, head over to holdingheritage.com to check out the episode show notes!Intro & Outro Music by Blue Wednesday – be sure to check him out!
21:00 08/14/2022
Ep 18: A Letter From Ly Van Huy - Journey to Freedom Day 2022
Today, April 30th 2022 marks 2 special occasions - Journey to Freedom Day here in Canada, and Holding Heritage's 1 year anniversary!To learn more about Journey to Freedom Day, hop back over to Episode 3! In today's episode, I share a couple parts of a really special memento, which is a handmade scrapbook that was gifted to my mom’s family by their 9 sponsor families when they first arrived in Canada almost 42 years ago.My late grandfather’s name was Ly Van Huy, but to me, he was  公公 (gong1 gong1). He wrote a letter addressed to all 9 of the incredible families - in response to receiving this heartfelt book. My mom and I read this letter in both Vietnamese and English. -----As always, head over to holdingheritage.com to check out the episode show notes!Intro & Outro Music by Blue Wednesday – be sure to check him out!
10:40 04/30/2022
Ep 17: Thanushi Eagalle & Wild Bee Florals - Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with the Comox Valley Record & IWC
Today’s episode is the final one in this round of our Newcomer Entrepreneur Series and I am so excited to have the honor of featuring Thanushi Eagalle - Thanu for short - she is the owner of Wild Bee Florals in the Comox Valley.Head over to wildbeeflorals.com to check out Thanu’s beautiful website and everything they have to offer and you can also find her on instagram @wildbeeflorals!This episode is produced in collaboration with the Immigrant Welcome Centre’s Welcoming Communities Coalition and the Comox Valley Record Newspaper – which are both based in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. The goal of this series of interviews aims to learn more about and amplify the voices of newcomers in the Comox Valley who own businesses – and create jobs – in the community. We chat with them about their stories, successes and challenges starting and running their businesses in the Valley. The goal is to help dispel negative misconceptions about the impact of newcomers on the Canadian economy, to highlight diversity and underrepresented voices, and contribute to making our communities more welcoming for all.—-As always, head over to holdingheritage.com to check out the episode show notes!Intro & Outro Music by Blue Wednesday – be sure to check him out!
22:31 03/30/2022
Ep 16: Juan Calero & HJ Landscaping - Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with the Comox Valley Record & IWC
Today we sit down with Juan Calero - owner of HJ Landscaping in the Comox Valley.Juan was born and raised in Nicaragua and left the country during his mid twenties - around the historically significant Nicaraguan Revolution. We explore Juan's immigration experiences and entrepreneur journey.You can also read the online article for Juan's story here.This episode is produced in collaboration with the Immigrant Welcome Centre’s Welcoming Communities Coalition and the Comox Valley Record Newspaper – which are both based in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. The goal of this series of interviews aims to learn more about and amplify the voices of newcomers in the Comox Valley who own businesses – and create jobs – in the community. We chat with them about their stories, successes and challenges starting and running their businesses in the Valley. The goal is to help dispel negative misconceptions about the impact of newcomers on the Canadian economy, to highlight diversity and underrepresented voices, and contribute to making our communities more welcoming for all.—-As always, head over to holdingheritage.com to check out the episode show notes!Intro & Outro Music by Blue Wednesday – be sure to check him out!
18:20 03/23/2022
Ep 15: Tania Ly - Gold Phoenix Asian Foods - Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with the Comox Valley Record & IWC
Today we sit down with Tania Ly - owner of Gold Phoenix Asian Foods in the Comox Valley.Gold Phoenix Asian Foods focuses on offering the Comox Valley authentic Cantonese and Vietnamese cooking classes as well as small batch dim sum orders via their online store!We explore Tania's entrepreneur journey, experiences, challenges and successes.You can also read the online article for Tania's story here.This episode is produced in collaboration with the Immigrant Welcome Centre’s Welcoming Communities Coalition and the Comox Valley Record Newspaper – which are both based in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. The goal of this series of interviews aims to learn more about and amplify the voices of newcomers in the Comox Valley who own businesses – and create jobs – in the community. We chat with them about their stories, successes and challenges starting and running their businesses in the Valley. The goal is to help dispel negative misconceptions about the impact of newcomers on the Canadian economy, to highlight diversity and underrepresented voices, and contribute to making our communities more welcoming for all.—-As always, head over to holdingheritage.com to check out the episode show notes!Intro & Outro Music by Blue Wednesday – be sure to check him out!
28:43 03/16/2022
Ep 14: Linh Nguyen & Pearly Nails - Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with the Comox Valley Record & IWC
Today we sit down with Linh Nguyen - owner of Pearly Nails and Spa in the Comox Valley. Linh was born and raised in Vietnam and immigrated to Canada 7 years ago. Within the short amount of time, she worked hard to open her own salon at the age of 23!We explore her newcomer entrepreneur journey, experiences, challenges and successes.You can also read the online article for Linh's story here.This episode is produced in collaboration with the Immigrant Welcome Centre's Welcoming Communities Coalition and the Comox Valley Record Newspaper - which are both based in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. The goal of this series of interviews aims to learn more about and amplify the voices of newcomers in the Comox Valley who own businesses - and create jobs - in the community. We chat with them about their stories, successes and challenges starting and running their businesses in the Valley. The goal is to help dispel negative misconceptions about the impact of newcomers on the Canadian economy, to highlight diversity and underrepresented voices, and contribute to making our communities more welcoming for all.----As always, head over to holdingheritage.com to check out the episode show notes!Intro & Outro Music by Blue Wednesday – be sure to check him out!
20:34 03/09/2022
Ep 13: The Year of the Tiger | 新年快樂 | Chúc Mừng Năm Mới
Happy Lunar New Year!   |    新年快樂!    |    Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! In today’s episode, I’ll be going over some of the many common New Year greetings and wishes in both Cantonese and Vietnamese to help wish you, your family and loved ones all the best for the year of the tiger to come! As always, head over to holdingheritage.com to check out the episode show notes - where you’ll find all of these greetings, wishes and information in a beautifully convenient and printable sheet for your reference and practice. Intro & Outro Music by Blue Wednesday – be sure to check him out!
13:47 01/28/2022
Ep 12: Building Heritage: Growing Up Ngai with Michael and Chon
In this episode I chat with 2 friends - Michael and Chon about growing up speaking an obscure dialect of Chinese referred to as Ngai! We dive into what it was like for them, and how they've both navigated growing up in Canada and England.  Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday – be sure to check him out! Also check out Chon's own Blog to learn more about his family and personal experiences in more depth!
32:08 11/21/2021
Ep 11: Building Heritage: 8 Months Pregnant & Headed to 北海 [bak1 hoi2] - with 何水嬌 and Annie
Today’s episode is an exciting one because I get to introduce one of my best friends, Annie - and her incredible mom! We share with you today a really remarkable and poignant moment in Annie’s Mom’s refugee story - which was when she was almost left behind in China while being 7-8 months pregnant with her first child! Then Annie and I hop into conversation around some of her experiences connecting with her parents and reflecting on her cultural identity and the sense of community that we were lucky enough to grow up with.Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
25:50 07/11/2021
Ep 10: Building Heritage: Bringing Sriracha to Canada & Food as a Pathway to Intergenerational Connection with Raymond Liens
In today’s episode, I’m really happy to be able to introduce you to Raymond Liens, he shares pieces of his wonderful family story - like growing up in South Vietnam, their journey to Canada being government sponsored, opening the first South-East Asian grocery store in Winnipeg - being the first to bring Sriracha to Canada, we also discuss how food is an incredible conduit to preserving culture and heritage - so keep on listening and let’s dive right in! Along with being passionate about food, Raymond is also a cook himself and has classes available! He’s currently working with In My Kitchen Vancouver which is an organization that offers immersive Culinary Adventures from Cooks of many different diverse cultures - they share their unique recipes so be sure to head to www.inmykitchen.ca to check it out!Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
34:09 07/04/2021
Ep 9: Exploring Roots: Captain at Nineteen - Trong Nguyen
Trong Nguyen is one of my uncles! In this episode, you hear about his personal experiences fleeing Vietnam in the 1980’s from South Vietnam. He was one of the captains of his boat at the age of 19, and he lets us into several of his incredible memories including escaping from the army, planning and organizing the escape, fixing a damaged boat, being rescued by a ship from  the US, and eventually arriving at the Pulau Bidong Refugee Camp in Malaysia.Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
42:30 06/27/2021
Ep 8: Building Heritage: The Importance of Heritage and Language Preservation with Nina Le
Meet the amazing Nina Le! Nina is currently the communication coordinator for Montreal’s Concordia University’s TESL Resource Centre and a Master's student in Applied Linguistics at the University. She's focusing on heritage language maintenance and critical pedagogy. Nina was born and raised in Saigon, Vietnam until she was 15, when she received a scholarship to study A-level in Cambridge in the UK. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree  at the University of Birmingham in Business Management with Communications and started working for the fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar. If you’re ready and in the mood for a deep diving conversation, Nina and I explore a lot of our thoughts around cultural identity, cultural preservation, intergenerational connection, and Heritage Language maintenance! In her free time, she manages the Instagram account @cona.yourvietnameseauntie, which aims at sharing her personal studying/living abroad knowledge and experiences to young Vietnamese women stepping out of their families for the first time!Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
50:52 06/13/2021
Ep 7: Exploring Roots: Leaving a Life Behind - Sinh Ha (My Dad) Part 3
In Part 3 of this 3 part series with Sinh Ha, you’ll hear about my dad’s memories of the day his family left down to the beach to board their refugee boat to Hong Kong. Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
33:47 06/06/2021
Ep 6: Exploring Roots: Imprisoned for Being a Spy - Sinh Ha (My Dad) Part 2
This episode is Part 2 of a 3 part series with Sinh Ha - My Dad. In this episode you’ll hear about how and why my grandfather and eldest uncle were put in jail, and my dad’s memories and experiences around these events leading up to their boat journey to Hong Kong. Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
28:33 05/30/2021
Ep 5: Exploring Roots: The Girl In the White Dress and Growing up in North Vietnam - Sinh Ha (My Dad) Part 1
If you’ve listened to episode 2, you’ll have already briefly met my dad and heard a few of his memories, but in this coming 3 part series with him, I’ll guide you through a more detailed account of his early past and experiences. In Part 1 - you’ll see into what it was like for my dad growing up in North Vietnam as a young boy, and a few of his major childhood memories and experiences. Including having to hide out during bombings of North Vietnam, attending school as a young Chinese-Vietnamese boy, their family business of noodle making, and a beautiful story about one of my dad's sisters. My dad also opens up about some of his thoughts and feelings behind opening up about his past, and sharing his story. Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
43:36 05/23/2021
Ep 4: Introducing My Mom - Happy Mother's Day!
This episode, I introduce you to my mom, Phuong Ly! She recalls some stories from her childhood  and growing up in Vietnam as well as a few from her family's refugee experiences in China and Hong Kong. We touch on the relationship between my grandmother and great grandmother, and hear a couple touching stories about their incredible love for family.  We also shed a little light on the power of communication and connection between family members. Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for show notes and more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
29:31 05/09/2021
Ep 3: Exploring Cultural Identity & Journey to Freedom Day
Exploring my cultural identity as a 2nd gen Chinese Canadian is a huge part of why I started Holding Heritage and why I'm so passionate about it. Journey to Freedom Day is a national day of commemoration here in Canada of the exodus of Vietnamese refugees. In this episode, I share some of my personal experiences and struggles of growing up and navigating the many layers of my cultural identity. And with Asian Heritage Month just around the corner, I want to share information about April 30th - Journey to Freedom Day - also known to many as Black April or Reunification Day.  I also share more in depth information on the hundreds of thousands of refugees known as the boat people - and the importance of the distinction between Vietnamese and Chinese-Vietnamese. Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
21:21 04/30/2021
Ep 2: Introducing My Dad - Where Do We Start?
We take a glimpse into how to approach the daunting task of opening conversation with our parents and how simple connection with them can potentially be. If we’re wanting to learn more about them, our culture, our families, even ourselves - it may not have to be any grand emotional moment, super long conversation or heart shattering interaction. Oftentimes the opening up of even tiny glimpses and simple details into their personalities, pasts and memories are enough to create and spark these amazing flames of impactful connection and deeper appreciation! My dad, Sinh Ha was a young teen when he made his refugee journey and he shares some stories and memories and I hope you enjoy listening! Be sure to visit holdingheritage.com for more information.Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
33:09 04/30/2021
Ep 1: Introducing Holding Heritage
My name is Hollie! I am a second generation Chinese Canadian. Which means my ethnic background is Chinese and I was born and raised here in Canada - however, my parents and their families were born and raised in Vietnam. In the 1970s after the Vietnam war, my parents' families became one of hundreds of thousands of refugee families fleeing during the enormous refugee  diaspora. These refugees are also known as the boat people.Eventually, after many hardships, their families got sponsored to Canada. This is where Holding Heritage begins. This show will be a collection of stories, interviews, conversations and insights into the Chinese-Vietnamese refugee experiences of my family members. We’ll focus on championing Chinese-Vietnamese Heritage - concentrating on refugee stories, family relationships and bridging generational gaps.I’ll also be sharing aspects of my personal journey of learning and connecting with my own family, heritage and identity as a second generation millennial. I want to have conversations around how we can approach these seemingly-daunting topics to deepen our understanding, deepen our appreciation and strive to strengthen and bridge these generational and cultural gaps. There is so much joy, growth and healing that can come from these types of interactions and I’d like to encourage others in my generation to explore them with me!So please stay tuned, and visit holdingheritage.com for more information.I’m so excited to share with you! Music by Blue Wednesday - be sure to check him out!
01:54 04/26/2021