Seymour native’s documentary airing this week


A Seymour native’s documentary will be shown this week on a Bloomington-based television channel.

“Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory” will be shown at 10 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Friday on WTIU.

The half-hour documentary was directed by Tony Nguyen, who grew up in Seymour and now lives in California. He filmed part of it at Home Products International Inc. in Seymour, where his mother, Giap Thi Byers, worked for 24 years until retiring.

Home Products International Inc. is the only ironing board factory remaining in the United States.

The film also tells the story of how Byers, who was a Vietnamese refugee in 1975 when she fled the country after the fall of Saigon, ended up in Seymour. She was pregnant with her son at the time, and the film follows his childhood in Seymour.

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