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Donut People

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    ♪ Cambodian music ♪
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    [DONUT PEOPLE]
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    [Samoeurn Phan]
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    [Affectionately known as
    Pou Sam (Uncle Sam)]
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    [Sam has opened over 20 donut shops
    for Cambondian families across Houston.]
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    (Uncle Sam) Well, when I came here in 1994
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    to eat one donut you didn't realize
    how much work goes into one donut
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    until you actually go into
    doing the donuts.
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    You know, it takes quite a bit
    just to make one donut.
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    I start off by finding a location.
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    If I find a location,
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    I get a family that needs a donut shop
    to go to look at the location,
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    and if they like it,
    we negotiate the price,
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    and if the price is right,
    I build it for them and [inaudible].
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    You know, most of them
    already know how to make donuts.
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    They work for a family member,
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    [and] they've already worked
    for like two, three or five years
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    to save up the money
    to start up the business.
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    [Chandara Meas
    Owner of Snowflake Donuts, Galveston]
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    [Cambodian Immigrant]
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    (Chandara Meas) That's what I'm saying,
    when I came to the States,
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    I don't have no relatives with me,
    I don't speak that much English,
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    I gotta start to learn English
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    and start to work to support myself...
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    and I don't have chance
    to go back to college,
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    so I end up at a donut shop.
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    Most Cambodians who take us,
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    they own a donut shop,
    they run a donut business...
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    yeah, you know, it's hard to do it,
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    not many people want to do that job
    as I'm doing right now.
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    [Countless Cambodians were tortured]
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    [and more than a million were killed]
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    [under the brutal Khmer Rouge regime.]
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    [More than a million Cambodians fled
    and became refugees.]
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    From 1975 to 1979,
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    there's Khmer Rouge ran by Pol Pot.
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    At that time I was 10 years old...
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    I still remember the torture,
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    lot of people died
    by starving and sickness...
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    most of [the time]
    they were killing people.
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    That was a hard time
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    and that was the worst thing
    that happened in the world.
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    Most Cambodians escaped from the war
    in 1981after the Khmer Rouge regime,
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    and when they started to come here,
    people don't speak that much English,
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    so that's why they started
    working at donut shops
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    because most of them what they do
    are family business --
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    This is my wife's nephew.
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    He just came to the USA last year.
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    He came in a special case
    that they call "Lottery Visa".
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    He's a lucky one
    that won a lottery green card.
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    The business we just opened--
    it is kind of slow, it's brand new.
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    Hopefully, we can stay for a long time
    until we get some profit...
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    to take care of my family, my kids...
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    go to school, go to college...
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    I have a beautiful kid.
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    It's like, if you work for a company,
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    you have a different schedule
    than the donut people.
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    So the donut people,
    we wake up at 2:00 or 3:00 am,
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    and we'll be done by 12:00 or 1:00 pm,
    and take a couple-of-hours-nap,
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    and, you know, get together
    and then, go to sleep, and wake up,
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    and go to make some more donuts!
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    (man singing Karaoke in Cambodian)
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    [Tao Ngo Vietnamese Restaurant
    North Houston]
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    [Cambodian Karaoke Party]
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Title:
Donut People
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Video Language:
English
Team:
Eating With My Five Senses
Project:
Food Film Festival - New York 2019
Duration:
11:46
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