There’s a rather unknown community of Chinese-Americans who’ve lived in the Mississippi Delta for more than a hundred years. They played an important role in the segregated South in the middle of the 20th century. Join us as we get a taste of Southern Chinese food and learn about the unique history of the Delta Chinese.

Watch Part 1: How Chop Suey Saved San Francisco’s Chinatown
Watch Part 3: Inside The Chinese Food Mecca Of Los Angeles

“The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White” by James W. Loewen
“Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South” by John Jung
“Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers” by John Jung
“Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South” by Adrienne Berard

Special Thanks:
Adrienne Berard
Audra Ang
John Jung

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34 thoughts on “The Untold Story Of America's Southern Chinese [Chinese Food: An All-American Cuisine, Pt. 2] | AJ+”

  1. The elderly Americans of Asian descent of the old days, their children went to college and found better jobs elsewhere and it is still happening this way with the new crops of Asian immigrants. Everybody working hard for a better future.

  2. I never knew this part of history, interesting and great to know!
    I must admit it is a whole entire mood to hear an elderly chinese woman speak with a southern accent!
    Great vid thanks for aducating

  3. These people are as American as anyone could be. This is so cool. Knew about the Italian immigrants in Mississippi, but had no idea about the Chinese Community in The Delta. May God Bless them all.

  4. And people laugh at me when I tell them the best Chinese food restaurant I've ever been to was in Greenville Mississippi. Best tamales too. The Delta is such a unique place. I'm in Houston now, and there was a little Mexican restaurant in tiny, one red-light, Bruce Mississippi, that blows away any place I've ever been in Texas.

    I was a military brat, and grew up all over the country. But my Grandparents were born and raised in Greenville ( both passed over 20 years ago). As a kid, I spent every summer at their place. Hearing that accent again really brings back the memories. It's so distinctive, and you just don't hear anything quite like it anywhere else in the south, only in the Delta. The timbre and tone of Sally Chow's voice is almost identical to my grandmother's. Coupled with that Greenville accent, gave me goosebumps for a minute there.

  5. Is it really so shocking that people don’t expect an old Asian woman to have a perfect southern accent? No, actually, you don’t look like a typical American.

  6. I really love this topic, I’d love to hear about other Americanised dishes as well. Al Jazeera plus did a great mini doc on Chinese restaurants in the Southern United States if anyone is looking for more on this.

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