Donut Princess LA: From Youtiao to Donuts, A Memoir to Celebrate Immigrants and Food
A mother & daughter memoir to commence AAPI awareness month and the sale of their family business of 40 years, DK's Donuts & Bakery
She recounts her mother's journey of homelessness, malnutrition, and labor enslavement in Cambodia. Upon arriving in America, Chuong found herself a part of donut royalty as she married into the family of the Donut King, Ted Ngoy, who opened up hundreds of donut shops for Khmer refugees. Mayly Tao, her daughter, not only created this book to tell the success story of their family bakery, but to highlight the viewpoint of the Asian American perspective through the eyes of a "donut kid." Many donut kids during this era who helped their parents with their donut shops and never returned. Mayly returns to her family's shop and uses social media and creativity to bring the donut shop to the next level. This book explores several levels of generational differences and cultural importance, including the role of the Asian American woman in her family. The book ends with the sale of their family donut shop, DK's Donuts & Bakery, in Santa Monica, CA.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mayly Tao is LA's self-proclaimed Donut Princess, owner of Donut Princess Los Angeles, a donut bouquet delivery concept. She is the host of her podcast Short N' Sweet: A Donut Princess Podcast where she explores mindset, women empowerment, and small business tips. You can find her "Securing the Box" at @donutprincessla. She stars in the Donut King Documentary, as seen on Hulu and across domestic flights across the US. She also has her own YouTube where she visits Cambodian-owned donut shops and highlights their stories. She hopes to elevate Asian American voices and representation and vows to create a legacy for the next generation of Asian Americans.
Donut Princess LA, Mayly Tao