Home is Always Somewhere Else

HOST: When the American war ended in Vietnam in 1975, thousands of Vietnamese fled to the U-S. These refugees learned to live in a new country, building a vibrant community from coast to coast. But the legacy of warfare and post-war trauma still haunts them 30 years later.

Vietnamese American writer and journalist Nguyen Qui Duc (Nwin-Kwee-Duhc) reflects on the formation of a Vietnamese community in the US, and his own ties to his homeland.

Chapter Two. “Home is always somewhere else” by Nguyen Qui Duc, Read more...

Ledward Kaapana & Milton Lau

Ledward Kaapana, slack key master guitarist
and Milton Lau his manager.

Interview by Dmae Roberts in 2005
In Ledward’s home where he was interviewed while playing songs.

(Led Kaapana’s mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack key compilations.) Read more...

Aishwarya Venkataraman, Violinist

Interview Transcript
Introductions
VR Venkataraman: My name is VR. I am an ethnomusicologist and I play the south Indian Percussion drum called Mrdingan. I’m also a professor of Mathematics .

Aishu Venkataraman: My name is Aishveria Ventakaraman. I play the violin I play Jazz, Western Classical but mainly I focus in South Indian classical also known as carnatic music.

Srivnia Venkataraman: I’m Srivnia Venkataraman …. , Aishu’s mother. I am a physician. I sing carnatic music… when I’m stress, I sing! Read more...