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Season 15, Episode 7 Mai's America

First Aired: August 6, 2002

“Mai's America” follows a Vietnamese exchange student through her senior year in high school and on to college. “America is all the movies I grew up with,” Mai says before leaving her home in Hanoi. Then she arrives in the town where she's to go to school. It's in Mississippi, and it's not exactly what she had imagined. But she's outgoing and makes friends ranging from two “popular” girls to a cross-dressing gay man. Mai's history teacher also befriends her, and gives her a different perspective on “the American War.” Then it's on to college. Filmmaker: Marlo Poras.

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  • Premiered: July 5, 1988
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