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dc.creatorLe, Tam
dc.date.accessioned 2022-09-15T13:09:59Z
dc.date.available 2022-09-15T13:09:59Z
dc.date.issued 2022-06-06
dc.identifier.citation Le, Tam, interview by Ma, Emily. June 06, 2022. Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews, MS 573, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/113204.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/113204
dc.description This recording and transcript form part of a collection of oral history interviews conducted by the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. This collection includes audio recordings and transcripts of interviews with Asian Americans native to or living in Houston.
dc.description.abstract Born in 1989 in Houston, Texas, Tam Le’s steady passion for traveling and expanding her worldview has led her to work in New York, London, Central and South America, Istanbul, Singapore, and Vietnam at various points her life. Currently residing in Austin, Le is a brand strategist for Landor & Fitch, helping to bridge gaps between designers and her clients. On top of her career in marketing, she is also extremely passionate about food. Despite not developing an interest in cooking until after college, once Le’s curiosity was sparked, it quickly took off; in Vietnam, she opened a reservation-only Vietnamese-Mexican fusion restaurant called Saigonita in her own apartment! Her background in both Vietnamese and Mexican cuisine (from growing up in Houston) placed her at a unique crossroads to successfully combine the two into creative dishes such as “Hue-vos Rancheros” — a mix between Vietnamese Bún Bò Huế and Mexican huevos rancheros. Although space restrictions limited the number of guests at each dinner, Saigonita rapidly grew in popularity as word spread. Unfortunately, in 2020, Le had to move back to Houston to undergo a liver transplant, because she was not born with bile ducts. Despite a formidable surgery and healing process, Le expresses gratitude for everyone who stepped up to help, especially Ann Le, a high school classmate who became her living organ donor. Currently, post-transplant, Le lives with her boyfriend and younger sister, and is rediscovering yoga and watercolor among other hobbies.
dc.format.extent 01:04:26
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Rice University
dc.rights The copyright holder for this material has granted Rice University permission to share this material online. It is being made available for non-profit educational use.
dc.rightsPermission to examine physical and digital collection items does not imply permission for publication. Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center / Special Collections has made these materials available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any uses beyond the spirit of Fair Use require permission from owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns. See http://library.rice.edu/guides/publishing-wrc-materials
dc.title Tam Le oral history interview and transcript
dc.digitization.specifications This oral history material was born digital captured in .wav format using Audacity. Derivative audio files are .mp3s created by Audacity.
dc.date.digital 2022
dc.source.collection Houston Asian American Archives oral history interviews, MS 573, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
dc.identifier.digital wrc17632
dc.type.genre oral histories (document genres)
dc.type.dcmi Sound
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.contributor.interviewer Ma, Emily
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