Thanh's father, Duc Tan, holds the American flag and stands next to Dr. Dung Nguyen, president of the Vietnamese Community of Pierce County, at a political rally in this undated photo.
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Thanh's father, Duc Tan, holds the American flag and stands next to Dr. Dung Nguyen, president of the Vietnamese Community of Pierce County, at a political rally in this undated photo.

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Ever realize there is more to your family's past than you've been told? Welcome to Second Wave, an American story that begins in Vietnam. 

After her father was falsely accused of being a communist, Thanh found herself embroiled in a dramatic court case and discovered there is a lot her family is not talking about. In interviews with friends, family and author Viet Thanh Nguyen, Thanh begins to confront how the Vietnam war is still affecting her identity, her family — and an entire generation of Vietnamese-Americans — today.

This the first episode of Second Wave, a new podcast from KUOW and PRX. 

Read a transcript of this episode.