Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Reflects On Forgiveness in 'Temple' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Do you remember realizing your parents weren't exactly who you thought they were? Thao Nguyen explores the themes of fault and forgiveness on her latest album.
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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down Reflects On Forgiveness In 'Temple'

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  • "Temple"
  • "Phenom"
  • "Meticulous Bird"
  • "Marauders"

Do you remember realizing your parents weren't exactly who you thought they were? Maybe it was when you finally understood that they were young once too. Or perhaps it was when you found fault in an adult figure you'd revered as a superhero. Or maybe it was finding forgiveness for something they'd done.

For musician Thao Nguyen, that moment came during a trip to Vietnam in 2015. Nguyen grew up in Virginia; her parents had rushed to escape Vietnam during the war. Thao's mother hadn't seen home country since leaving in 1973, and Thao had never been at all. When Nguyen was invited there to play a show there, she convinced her mother to come along, and ultimately gained a whole new understanding of her mom, her own self and their shared history.

Thao's experience was made into a 2017 documentary called Nobody Dies. And it's a subject she revisits again with her band the Get Down Stay Down the group's new album, Temple. World Cafe host Stephen Kallao talked with Thao about the experience back in mid-May.

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