Donut King

May 12, 2021
10:00am Central Time
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Welcome

Welcome to Indie Lens Pop-Up virtual screening of Donut King hosted by John Michael Kohler Arts Center and Milwaukee PBS. After the film we will switch over to Zoom for a community conversation.

The Donut King tells the story of a Cambodian refugee who escaped genocide and overcame poverty to build a life for himself--and hundreds of other immigrant families--by baking America's favorite pastry and building an unlikely multi-million dollar empire of donut shops.

We are pleased to offer closed captions for this film and ASL interpretation for the post-screening discussion.

Enjoy the show!

Video Descriptions

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Trailer | The Donut King

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.

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90 minutes

Moderator

  • John Michael Kohler Arts Center

    JMKAC is a not-for-profit arts center that holds classes, performances, exhibitions, and more! Our MISSION is to generate a creative exchange between artists and the public.

Panelists

  • Shua P. Yang

    Shua P. Yang was born in Laos and came to the United States in 1976 when he was nine years. He and his family settled in Sheboygan, Wisconsin where he attended and graduated from Sheboygan South High School in 1986. After attending two years of college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he joined the United States Army in November 2, 1988, as an Intelligence Officer. He retired from the United States Army in November 2011 after 23 years in the Military with five combat operations: Saudi Arabia/Kuwait (1991), Somalia (1993), Bosnia (2001), and two tours in Iraq (2004 and 2006). He has been awarded the two Bronze Stars, four Meritorious of Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, nine Army Achievement Medals, Joint-Commendation Medal, NATO Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two Iraqi Campaign Medals, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, Meritorious Unit Commendation Award. He also earned the Combat Acton Badge, the Basic parachutes patch and the Hungarian parachute patch. He graduated from Fayetteville States, University of North Carolina, with as a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Shua is still working for the Department of Defense as an Advisor, the Wisconsin Election Board as a Chief Election Inspector, and the Sheboygan Area School District as an English Language Learner Substitution Teacher. Shua also serve, help and represent the Sheboygan Hmong-American Community such as the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, July 4 th Festival and Parade, the Lao, Hmong and American Memorial Ceremony, and give speeches at many other Veteran events in Wisconsin and across the United States. Shua has been married to Kaokalia Lo for 28 years. They have four children, three boys and one girl: Jack, Maggie, Joshua, and Thomas. He has five brothers and two sisters, all living in Wisconsin. His parents are Former SGU Colonel Yong Chue Yang and Plia Lor.

  • Allen Vang

    Vang's Hmong name is Cheenou (Tsim Nuj) and he was born and raised in Sheboygan, WI. He is 26 years old. Vang established a nonprofit organization called Mighty Fitrition in 2018. The main purpose of Mighty Fitrition is to empower, educate, and lead people to take care of their health by optimizing a well-balanced lifestyle of fitness alongside good nutrition. Plant-based foods, whole foods, and meditation can enhance fulfilment and longevity of life. Mighty Fitrition also provides free educational resources and tools for maximization.

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