An “Dan” Nguyen owns Lang Van, a Vietnamese restaurant in the Shamrock neighborhood of Charlotte. Ms. Nguyen is from Saigon, Vietnam and arrived in Charlotte in 1999. Listen to her story of setting out on foot to find work in a restaurant and her path to eventual ownership of that restaurant.
Through her cooking, much like immigrant entrepreneurs and food workers across the country, Rasita has been able to bring a little bit of Thailand to Mississippi.
Enjoy this social media roundup of our 2017 Charlotte Summer Foodways Symposium.
Charlotte’s Central Avenue reveals the city’s shifting demographics, from white, working-class textile mill employees in the early twentieth century to new immigrants in the 1990s. These new Southerners shaped a new Charlotte.
Most Mexican immigrants don’t consider themselves mexicanos. They’re more aligned by city, state, language, or even race.
“It’s a reminder that America has always been two continents, not a country.”
SFA stands with the impact new Southerners have had on Southern food for generations.