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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.

AIRED: May 24, 2021 | 0:00:32
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TRANSCRIPT

(electronic base thumps)

- Donut time!

(upbeat music)

- [Female 1] Uncle Ted opened up 70 donut shops.

- [Ted] They called me "Donut King."

- [Female 1] He gave Cambodian refugees

a chance to make it in America.

- [Male 1] At one time, he estimates his wealth

at 20 million dollars.

- [Male 2] Life was good.

- [Female 2] We're going to be truthful, right?

That he wasn't

the perfect man.

- [Ted] I lost everything.

Everything.

- [Male 3] It's hard to believe,

that he could allow that to happen.

- [Ted] Don't let the good chance slip away.

(melancholy music)

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