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.
Caroline Coke is co-owner of Island Grocery & Grill in Charlotte, North Carolina. She shares her story of immigration and entrepreneurship in the Charlotte’s Central Avenue Corridor oral history project.
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.
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.
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.
Leah Chase talks of seven decades at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in New Orleans.
Now it’s time to hire our next SFA oral historian. The qualified candidate will direct multi-year documentary projects, manage the work of freelance oral historians, collect oral histories from narrators across the region, lead SFA workshops, and help lead the national conversation about foodways-grounded oral history work.
Mai Nguyen opened the restaurant Ba Mien in New Orleans East in late 2001 after traveling Vietnam to collect dishes and repertoires from various regions.
Izzat Freitekh opened La Shish Kabob in Charlotte in 2008.