Giap's Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory

About This Episode


In 1975, a seven-months pregnant Vietnamese refugee, Giap, escapes Saigon in a boat and, within weeks, finds herself working on an assembly line in Seymour, Indiana. Thirty-five years later, her filmmaker son, Tony, decides to document her final day of work at the last ironing board factory in America.

Giap's Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory follows Tony on a painful, but loving journey. The film explores the refugee experience, the communication gulf between parent and child, and how racism shapes the Asian American experience. It will stimulate insight, discussion and understanding of the hardships of assimilation.