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.
Fried chicken has been the vehicle for the economic empowerment of a whole group of people, and the accessory to an ugly racial stereotype.
At this fall’s Southern Foodways Symposium, Alabama-based fashion designer Natalie Chanin spoke of women’s domestic work, including sewing and cooking. Throughout history, said Chanin, women have used domestic skills for entrepreneurial purposes, often making the difference in their family’s livelihood.