A collection of voices from
Asians and Asian Americans
in the South.

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Southern Mix documents the voices of the new South.

Asian Americans are one of the most quickly growing populations in the South. Southern Mix documents the distinctive and powerful stories of this community and shares them with the public. Many first-generation immigrants came to the region in the 1970s and carry a wealth of memories, which help define future generations.

 
 Asian Americans in the South, 1980-2000 (AL, AK, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV), Census 1980-2010, Social Explorer & U.S. Census Bureau

Asian Americans in the South, 1980-2000
(AL, AK, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV), Census 1980-2010, Social Explorer & U.S. Census Bureau

 Out of 5,934 interviews in the SOHP, 47 are tagged as "Asian American interviewee"

Out of 5,934 interviews in the SOHP, 47 are tagged as "Asian American interviewee"

 2016 UNC Undergraduate Demographics

2016 UNC Undergraduate Demographics

 
Oral history empowers communities to tell their own stories, as opposed to having history written for you.
— Malinda Maynor Lowery Director, Center for the Study of the American South University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


 

     

     
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    News from the Program

    • In late June of 2017, the program was acknowledged in an online and print article in the Indy.
    • We are excited to report that fifteen new oral histories of Asian and Asian American residents of the South were collected in the fall of 2017. This was accomplished through the hard work of Professor Ji-Yeon Jo, who taught "Asian American Studies" and included a robust academic assignment to interview Asian Americans in the course. 
    • In the spring of 2018, two additional courses—"Histories of Chinese Food from the Tang Dynasty to the Tarheel State," taught by Professor Michelle King, and "The Place of Asian Americans in the South,” taught by Professor Jennifer Ho--collected further oral histories for the collection.
    • Our first Southern Mix intern, Emmanuel Lee, is working in the summer of 2018 on recording interviews with members of the Hmong community in his hometown of Hickory, North Carolina. His work is funded by donations from alumni.

    Donations are made to the Carolina Asia Center and will be earmarked for Southern Mix.

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    Anna-Rhesa Versola and Ngoc Nguyen remember growing up in North Carolina and their parents' journeys to the United States.