Diwali Night at UNC-Chapel Hill

Diwali Night at UNC-Chapel Hill

Joanne Iritani, survivor of WWII Poston incarceration camp, and UNC event speaker.

Joanne Iritani, survivor of WWII Poston incarceration camp, and UNC event speaker.

 

Southern Mix honors the distinctive and powerful stories of Asians and Asian Americans in the US South through building a collection within the Southern Oral History Program.

Southern Mix was inspired by Asian American alumni, and will focus on collecting oral histories from Asian and Asian American residents of the Triangle, of North Carolina, and of the larger region of the South. The Carolina Asia Center is collaborating with the Southern Oral History Program and the Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity to gather these personal biographies. This project will include a wide range of stories of escape, immigration, cultural assimilation, or even how to cook a grandparent’s favorite meal.

This program is a rare opportunity to study and research Asian American topics. For years, individual faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill have offered courses related to Asian American studies, but the University currently does not offer a major, minor, or certificate in this field.

Southern Mix also aims to expand the University’s educational offerings on diverse Asian American experiences at Carolina and in the region. This will be accomplished by growing undergraduate and graduate student research into Asian American history and society, and increasing the number of courses on these topics offered on campus.