‘Bachelorette’ Jenn Tran Opens Up About Her Vietnamese Heritage

Jenn Tran/Credit: Jenn Tran Instagram

May is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month.  The first Asian-American Bachelorette, Jenn Tran, opened up about what her Vietnamese heritage means to her.

Jenn Tran’s Bachelorette Season Gets Premiere Date

ABC’s announcement naming Jenn Tran as the next Bachelorette took many fans by surprise. She was eliminated in the 7th episode, right before the Hometown Dates. Jenn was named as the next Bachelorette on the After The Final Rose special in March.

Jenn Tran - Bachelor - ABC YouTube
Jenn Tran – Bachelor – ABC YouTube

She reportedly jetted off to begin filming the very next day. Her season will have many surprises, but perhaps the biggest one is the location. The network isn’t using the traditional mansion that’s been used for years. Furthermore, most of her episodes will take place overseas.

But Bachelor Nation fans won’t have to wait long to see Jenn Tran’s Bachelorette journey. It kicks off on Monday, July 8, at 8 PM Eastern on ABC.

She Opens Up About Her Vietnamese Heritage

When Jenn Tran waded into reality TV on The Bachelor, she was more than just a contestant vying for love – she was a proud Vietnamese-American woman ready to shine.

As Tran’s platform has grown, so has her desire to use it for good. She has become a passionate advocate for Vietnamese culture. As the first Asian-American Bachelorette, she is dedicated to keeping her roots alive and spreading awareness about her culture.

Jenn Tran revealed to Joey Graziadei some of the challenges she faced growing up Vietnamese-American and feeling caught between two cultures. She shared more insight on her heritage during in a social media video.

In honor of AANHPI Heritage Month, she answered questions about her background. She talked about how her parents and brother immigrated from Vietnam to America before she was born. She was born in New Jersey after her family had already settled in the States.

Jenn said several times how proud she was of her parents’ immigration journey and how hard they worked to make a good life for their family.

On a lighter note, she said that her favorite Vietnamese dish isBún Bò Huế, a beef and pork noodle soup. She encouraged her followers to give it a try, even though they may be more familiar with the popular Vietnamese Pho.

The Bachelorette star shared that she’s learning more about her heritage every day. She also said she’s excited to pass the traditions to her future children.


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Bachelor Nation Fans To Boycott Season 21?

Jenn Tran’s AMA (ask me anything) was meant to be uplifting and educational. However, several fans took to the comments to vent about her upcoming season of The Bachelorette. It seems as though some fans are upset that Daisy Kent or Maria Georgas aren’t the next  Bachelorette.

Check out some of the comments on the Bachelor Nation post featuring Jenn Tran:

  • Won’t be watching.
  • Nope! Jenn is a lovely girl, but she’s not who fans wanted! Please start listening to your fans!
  • She’s wayyyyy too young
  • She literally doesn’t answer the question about her favorite tradition and goes in circles. Not looking forward to her chaotic season. #diversityhire
  • between the “shot o clock” and the liking big peen joke when you announced her as bachelorette, I’m sorry, just made the worst impression like it’s gonna be a trashy season.

Are you excited to see Jenn Tran’s season of The Bachelorette? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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