We’ve all heard of Clint Eastwood and watched his Western movies growing up. A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, you name it. But how did the Hmong get involved?
Over a decade ago, he released a movie called Gran Torino featuring people of a special ethnic group known as the Hmong. The Hmong are a multinational ethnic group originally from modern day China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. Today we have the pleasure of talking to Bee Vang who played one of the main characters in the film.
The movie tells the story of how a racist Vietnam war veteran named Walt Kowalski (Clint Eastwood’s character) eventually befriends his Hmong neighbors. Through crazy circumstances he also becomes a sort of father figure for the young teenager Thao Vang Lor (Bee Vang’s character.)
Bee Vang is a man with a strong and well informed opinion on a variety of subjects. He graduated from Brown University, and is an active writer, speaker, and activist for social issues, especially those concerning his people, the Hmong/Miao.
This episode is the second episode celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month.
In Today’s Episode:
- Gran Torino and Clint Eastwood
- The history of the Hmong and how they came to the US
- Discrimination between different Asian communities
- And much more!
Where to find Bee
The best place to find him is in NYC. Just kidding.
On social media you can find him via LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. The place to be least stalkerish as possible is through his IG account because the rest of those are all pretty personal.
If you enjoyed this week’s be sure to check out my interview with Jeffrey Chang.
Thanks so much for tuning in and look forward to talking with you next week.