They Call Us Viet Kieu

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Anna Ngyuen, a second-generation British Vietnamese theatre producer, has always associated fear and unexplained inherited traumas with Vietnam. Her parents fled the war-torn country in 1975, as part of the mass exodus, and were resettled in London along with 20,000 other Vietnamese.

Forty years later Anna returns to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to rediscover Vietnam and its vibrant arts scene for herself.

She finds out that the local Vietnamese call people like her, ethnic Vietnamese born or living abroad, Viet Kieu. And she discovers that many of those who have returned to Vietnam are on a similar journey - to find out who they are. Foreign but not foreign, Vietnamese but not Vietnamese. Among the burgeoning creative community they are using art to make sense of their identity.

Does the Vietnam her mother feared still exist? What are local Vietnamese like her doing? And what would the Vietnam Anna be like if her parents hadn't left?

Producer: Fabiola Büchele

A Greenpoint production for BBC Radio 4.

Anna Ngyuen, a second-generation British Vietnamese theatre producer, has always associated fear and unexplained inherited traumas with Vietnam. Her parents fled the war-torn country in 1975, as part of the mass exodus, and were resettled in London along with 20,000 other Vietnamese.

Forty years later Anna returns to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to rediscover Vietnam and its vibrant arts scene for herself.

She finds out that the local Vietnamese call people like her, ethnic Vietnamese born or living abroad, Viet Kieu. And she discovers that many of those who have returned to Vietnam are on a similar journey - to find out who they are. Foreign but not foreign, Vietnamese but not Vietnamese. Among the burgeoning creative community they are using art to make sense of their identity.

Does the Vietnam her mother feared still exist? What are local Vietnamese like her doing? And what would the Vietnam Anna be like if her parents hadn't left?

Producer: Fabiola Büchele

A Greenpoint production for BBC Radio 4.