Two professional photographers traveled throughout the rural communities of Mississippi to not only capture the land’s southern charm, but to document a deeply ingrained, but little known culture: the Mississippi Delta Chinese.
Over the course of just one week, Andrew Kung, @andrew_kung
, and Emanuel Hahn, @hahnbo
, met generations of Chinese-American families that lived in the Delta for over 100 years. Their photos were displayed in the @nytimes
piece, “Neither Black Nor White in the Mississippi Delta.”
“A big part of the project was documenting the daily lives of the Chinese communities in the Mississippi Delta, but also kind of understanding the history of the people who have lived there,” Emanuel said on @BradShowLive.
Chinese immigrants first settled in the Mississippi Delta region after the Civil War to work on plantations. Many of the Chinese families later owned grocery stores, catering to the black communities during continued eras of segregation.
While such grocery stores are still around, “there was one or two at most in each city,” Andrew said of his learned experience. However, during its heyday, “there were two or three groceries on the same block...”
“For us, as Asian-American storytellers, we really wanted to present different types of Asian-American stories,” Emanuel said of their project. “We wanted to break this standard narrative of the model minority, which is the main storyline for every Asian-American story that is told in the U.S.”
“There are so many different varied experiences that Asian-Americans have,” Emanuel added. “We just kind of want to raise these examples to show the rest of the country that an Asian-American story doesn’t have to be told in one way.”
Check out the full interview (link in bio) and watch @BradShowLive
Monday-Friday at 5:30 p.m. EST.
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