The Asian-American population in North Carolina has exploded in the past few decades. A 2016 study shows that from 2000-2010, the Asian-American population in the state grew by 85 percent, which was the third-fastest growth rate in the country. But who exactly makes up this growing population? What are their stories and traditions, and how are they changing the face of North Carolina?
A new project from the Southern Oral History Program aims to answer some of these questions through the new oral history project Southern Mix. The effort was the brainchild of Asian-American alumni at UNC-Chapel Hill who wanted to increase the number of Asian-American stories in the Southern Oral History Program archive.
Host Frank Stasio talks about the project with Rachel Seidman, director of the Southern Oral History Program and adjunct assistant professor of history and women’s and gender studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Project collaborator and UNC-Chapel Hill English Professor Jennifer Ho joins the conversation to talk about the importance of collecting diverse narratives about Asian-American life in the South. And UNC-Chapel Hill student Harrison Lee shares clips from the oral history interview he recorded with his Korean-American father, which is now archived in the Southern Mix collection.