Independent Lens

PBS | 10:00 pm

Filmmaker Alice Gu's "The Donut King" traces the twist-filled and unexpected journey of Ted Ngoy, a Cambodian refugee who arrived in California in the 1970s and eventually built a multi-million-dollar donut empire up and down the West Coast, through an audacious combination of determination and sheer luck. His first shop in Orange County, Calif., was just the first of several locations for the Christy's Donuts chain, providing Ngoy with profits he used to sponsor visas for hundreds of incoming Cambodian refugees, offering them steady employment.