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The Donut King Screening & Q&A Discussion - Hosted by Vegas PBS

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Vegas PBS is hosting a free screening of The Donut King, followed by a community Q&A Discussion with local experts.

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An immigrant story with a (glazed) twist, The Donut King follows the journey of Cambodian refugee Ted Ngoy, who arrived in California in the 1970s and, through a mixture of diligence and luck, built a multi-million dollar donut empire up and down the West Coast.

After Ngoy escaped the brutal Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, he eventually was able to start his first donut shop in Orange County, California, and his Christy’s Doughnuts became a rapidly expanding chain of success. Over the next decade, Ngoy also sponsored hundreds of visas for incoming Cambodian refugees and offered them steady employment in his donut shops. But after living his version of the American Dream, everything came crashing down for Ngoy.

A story of immigration, assimilation, prejudice, and who gets access to the American Dream—and what happens when you achieve it—The Donut King is also about how the American Dream gets handed down and evolves from one generation to the next: the film includes the current generation of Cambodian donut shop owners and the ways they have been inspired by and diverged from their parents and grandparents before them.

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  • Federick Ngo - Assistant Professor at UNLV. His research examines the impact of policies and practices in higher education, with a focus on community colleges and minoritized and historically excluded students. His parents arrived in the United States in 1981 as refugees from Cambodia, and he grew up in Long Beach, California, a.k.a. Cambodia Town.
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