19 episodes

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!

Holding Heritage Hollie Ha

    • Society & Culture

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!

    Ep 19: Exploring Roots: 婆婆 po4 po4 & the Police - Raided, Arrested & Pregnant

    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!

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    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 min
    Ep 18: A Letter From Ly Van Huy - Journey to Freedom Day 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.

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    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 min
    Ep 17: Thanushi Eagalle & Wild Bee Florals - Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with the Comox Valley Record & IWC

    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.
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    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 min
    Ep 16: Juan Calero & HJ Landscaping - Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with the Comox Valley Record & IWC

    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.
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    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 min
    Ep 15: Tania Ly - Gold Phoenix Asian Foods - Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with the Comox Valley Record & IWC

    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.
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    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 min
    Ep 14: Linh Nguyen & Pearly Nails - Newcomer Entrepreneur Series with the Comox Valley Record & IWC

    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.
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    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 min