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Asian American History 101

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May 30, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 27! National Doughnut Day is coming soon! It’s safe to say that without the Cambodian American community, the world of independent doughnut shops in the U.S. would be very different. How did Cambodian refugees and immigrants end up with over 80% of the doughnut shops in California and Houston? In this episode, we talk about Ted Ngoy, some of the secret to success for Cambodian doughnut shops, and the lasting impact of the community. We also talk about the history of National Doughnut Day and do another installment of Obscure Asian Comic Book Characters. This time we feature someone more contemporary… Pearl Pangan AKA Wave, a Filipina superhero by Marvel Comics. To learn more about Ted Ngoy and Cambodian doughnut shops, we recommend the movie The Donut King by Alice Gu and the book of food essays Eating Asian America with an essay on Cambodian doughnuts and American culture by Erin Curtis. For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at or social media links at If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at


00:25 Talking about Doughnuts and National Doughnut Day

05:07 The History of Cambodian Doughnut Shops

20:04 Obscure Asian Comic Book Characters: Pearl Pangan