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The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese : NPR
"We were in-between," Wong explains, "right in between the blacks and the whites. We're not black, we're not white. So that by itself gives you some isolation."

Wong remembers hearing ethnic slurs as he grew up, which he got used to ignoring. But the family felt more pernicious discrimination, too. Wong remembers a time of big excitement when he was young: The family was finally going to get to move out of the cramped grocery store. His father had found a house he wanted to buy, in a white neighborhood.

Then suddenly, that conversation stopped. There would be no deal. Later, his father told him that the white residents had made it quite clear they didn't want Chinese in their neighborhood.

That's been the story of many Delta Chinese: Work hard. Send your kids to college. Watch them move away.
chinese  tradition  immigrant  usa  south  story  family  business  cuisine 
august 2017 by aries1988
Japanese cuisine's dirty secret: fried chicken and bar snacks
This part of Japan was more exposed to outside influences than other regions over the past few centuries, and it shows in the food. Portuguese traders in Nagasaki introduced their version of tempura, as well as ingredients such as refined sugar, chillies and vinegar from the spice islands of south-east Asia. “Chinese expat communities were making pork dishes, and broth in particular, around the same time that Japanese people were starting to eat more meat. That is sort of how ramen started,” says Anderson.

Hallsworth agrees that it is time we stopped thinking of Japan as a monolithic food culture. “Japanese foods are extremely regionalised … A basic dish, such as tempura soba, has multiple regional variations.”
regional  japan  japanese  cuisine  south  food 
april 2015 by aries1988

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