Join us on YouTube Live for a free virtual talk with Tung Nguyen, Katherine Manning, and Lyn Nguyen, the authors of Mango and Peppercorns: A Memoir of Food, an Unlikely Family, and the American Dream. Olivia Knauss from the Tenement Museum’s Development Department will join them in conversation, discussing the powerful memoir of resilience, friendship, family, and food and their acclaimed, award-winning Hy Vong Vietnamese restaurant in Miami. In 1975, after narrowly escaping the fall of Saigon, pregnant refugee and gifted cook Tung Nguyen ended up in the Miami home of Kathy Manning, a graduate student and waitress who was taking in displaced Vietnamese refugees. This serendipitous meeting evolved into a decades-long partnership, one that eventually turned strangers into family and a tiny, no-frills eatery into one of the most lauded restaurants in the country.
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