Growing up three hours south of Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam, just towards the end of the Mekong Delta River before the Cambodian boarder, there is a good chance that 4 year old Duy never contemplated a life living anywhere but that of his home town, especially not in Melbourne, Australia. But these were challenging times locally. For this reason, his mother and father soon concluded that it was time to take a chance and arranged for transportation for them, Duy and his brother Du on a one-way boat trip to Australia.
Duy's father was from a large family, there were 9 siblings in fact and they all played their part in supporting their family. What made things challenging for Duy's father was that his own father died quite young, which meant that that the man had to step up from a young age and support his family in order to make ends meet. He supported his family by delivering bread to those in the local neighborhood. From this spurred the ingenious idea from Duy's grandmother to start delivering bread rolls with fillings in them. This was not being widely practiced at the time and pretty much was the beginning of the Bánh mì trade.
In this podcast Asian Pop Radio's Jay John speaks to Duy of his families story, his mothers successful Bakery franchise Nhu Lan which has hugely successful stores in Footscray and Richmond and also his own venture within the family business which now sees four Ba'get stores operating in the Melbourne metro area.
Listen to this podcast to learn of what Vietnamese refugees endured on those long journeys to safer lands, hear Duy speak of watching men having their gold teeth pulled by pirates, women being sexually abused and families around him dying at sea in front of his young eyes.
You will be inspired by this families story of survival in times of challenge, the resilience of the Vietnamese community and be reminded of how truly wonderful it is that our Australian cities are blessed to have such amazing people come to us in the form of refugees from so many different backgrounds who share their culture, their food and traditions to add to the cultural melting pot that we are today.
We also wish to thank Duy and his Ba'get team for supporting Asian Pop Radio in late 2017 at our stall at Animaga Expo, in which they donated prizes for us to giveaway to our followers and those who visited us across the huge weekend of the event.
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Melbourne VIC 3000
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Melbourne VIC 3000
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Written by:Jay John
Audio Production: Jay John
Graphics: Jhube Veradio
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