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From Vietnam to Charlotte: Dan Nguyen talks pho and life in North Carolina

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.

ATL’s Buford Highway Ideas Fair, Nov. 28

On Tuesday, November 28, students from Georgia Tech’s Generator Workshop will set up in an empty storefront on Buford Highway to host an Ideas Fair, a one-night open house showcasing creative and workable concepts for Buford Highway designed to preserve and promote the corridor’s cultural diversity.

Altar Call by Maria Godoy

To close the 2017 SFA symposium Maria Godoy, a senior editor with NPR’s Science Desk and the host of The Salt, asked: What did we learn? What burden will we shoulder together?

The Feast of St. Mary

In sharing stories of panaderia at the 2017 Southern Foodways Symposium, Lisa Donovan reflects on her Mexican grandmother and how those places influence her understanding of identity.

Stories from the Hem of my Mother’s Apron

The author, poet, mother, and native Kentuckian was transformed by the communal experience of simply preparing and eating food with other women. So occasionally, she gathers a group of women for dinner.

Anda Conmigo en Plaza Fiesta

At the 2017 symposium, Smith Symposium Fellow Steven Alvarez introduced SFA to Plaza Fiesta, a large market located in a strip mall outside Atlanta.

Las Pulgas: Voices from a New Orleans Market

At the 2017 symposium, Sara Fouts and Fernando Lopez provided a historical and ethnographic background of Latino migration to New Orleans, and described the rise of the pulga.

Bluegrass and Birria: Oral Histories

Alexis Meza of Lexington is a visual artist and co-founder of the Kentucky Dream Coalition, a network that helps immigrant youth access higher education. At the fall symposium, she shared her work on the Bluegrass and Birria oral history project.