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"From Hollywood to Hanoi."

First-time film-maker Tiana (the Americanization of the name Thi Thanh Nga) has made a personal documentary tracing her 1988 journey back to Vietnam, where she was born: "From Hollywood to Hanoi." Her father was the head of press relations for the South Vietnamese government, and she enjoyed a privileged childhood. But her father moved the family to the United States just before the fall of Saigon. Tiana was raised in California from the age of three and became an actress in low-budget exploitation films. One reviewer writes about the film that Tiana's "puckish humor and eye for incongruity are editorially lethal."


Other segments from the episode on July 22, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 22, 1993: Interview with Hank Ballard and Ron Mann; Interview with Thi Thanh Nga or "Tiana Alexandra"; Commentary on the album "The Anthology of American Folk Music."


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