Dr. David Dao's past continues to get more interesting. Dao, who was violently dragged off a United flight, has a wild history with sex, drugs, and gambling. We now know that Dao was also a popular singer-songwriter back in Vietnam, according to reports.
He used to perform under the name Dao Duy Anh in Saigon in the 1960s and 1970s. He played Vietnamese folk and traditional songs in a band called Bach Viet.
He wrote two songs that are still popular in Vietnam, "Tat Nuoc Dau Dinh” and “Ta Ve Ta Tam Ao Ta.”
You know, those classic toe-tappers.
Dao escaped Vietnam in 1975 after the Communists took Saigon, but his band got back together in 2015 for two performances in California.
He was also interested in culinary arts. In 2004 he studied at Louisville’s Sullivan University, where he helped instructors work on Vietnamese dishes.
Chef Katie Payne of the school’s National Center for Hospitality Studies said:
“He prepared some very authentic Vietnamese dishes and gave us some guidance on a couple more authentic dishes during class. As I recall he was into food, I think he was a good cook, he seemed like he was well versed in authentic Vietnamese.”
David Dao, what a Renaissance Man!