The Untold Story Of America's Southern Chinese [Chinese Food: An All-American Cuisine, Pt. 2] | AJ+

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There's a rather unknown community of Chinese-Americans who've lived in the Mississippi Delta for more than a hundred years. They played an important role in the segregated South in the middle of the 20th century. Join us as we get a taste of Southern Chinese food and learn about the unique history of the Delta Chinese. Watch Part 1: How Chop Suey Saved San Francisco's Chinatown Watch Part 3: Inside The Chinese Food Mecca Of Los Angeles Resources: “The Mississippi Chinese: Between Black and White” by James W. Loewen “Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South” by John Jung “Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers” by John Jung “Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South” by Adrienne Berard Special Thanks: Adrienne Berard Audra Ang John Jung Subscribe for more videos: Like us on Facebook: Download the AJ+ app at Follow us on Twitter:


wavygr : It is so strange watching the Chinese ladies that sound like my aunts.

Mike Burton : That accent just shook my soul.

Edward Gutierrez : “Are we always foreigners?” That was very impactful for me.

[RoRy] : Its Ironic that I've heard Asians speaking with various European accents, Caribbean accents, hell even one with with a middle eastern accent and didn't flinch. Yet of all things I hear an Asian American with a strong southern accent and I'm like; "Yo, WTF!???" :))

Diraac Dropper : Loooool Chinese lady with southern accent is everything

ladyshkspre : I'm a black woman raised in the south and I have never met a Chinese American person who sounds like a member of my family before. But when that lady started talking at 1:34 I was like "Aunt Geraldine???" I swear she sounds just like my aunt and my jaw just about hit the floor. I've never really considered before the contributions Chinese Americans have made to places other than either the east or west coasts of the US but it makes sense that they would be in the Delta too raising families and becoming part of southern history and culture. This video is great, thanks for teaching me something!

obiwan88 : I must say, it is quite refreshing to see a fellow Chinese speaking in impeccable Southern Accent.

MoonInSky : They have such a different look and vibe from Chinese elsewhere in America. You never see or hear about multi-generation Chinese Americans in the very deep South. Love their clothing style, jewelry, and home decor. They're extremely Southern, though - there doesn't seem to be much Chinese in them other than the food they're cooking. They seem like well-off people in the Deep South, and very classy and elegant.

Kandyce Rogers : Wow, they fed the black community when no one else would. Deep respect to the Asian community for that.

Daphne Xplores : Hearing Chinese people speaking with southern American accents is blowing my mind right now lol

Crayola Clouds : That southern twang is STRONG and I am living for it. She sounds like the kinda granny that would lead you inside, say you need some meat on your bones and then drown everything in gravy for you. This video made me very hungry and also made me disappointed that so many people would assume an Asian person is automatically fresh off the boat. Did people sleep through the Gold Rush section of their history class?

youtubeuser : Damn they are as country as catfish sandwiches

JUUKEM : This is such a beautiful video

northernsoutherngirl : Wow! I NEVER was taught anything about the Chinese being in the Delta after slavery. The only thing I knew of was the Chinese building the railroads during the 1800's. This was VERY informative.

words0217 : As as an American black woman I have gotten caught in the trap of black and whites in America. Thank You for the eye opener. I will definitely be doing a history on Asians in America and other races that were here already and those who came later.

Marissa G FUNK : A souther Chinese accent hell yeaaah it’s my first time hearing it and it’s beautiful she’s beautiful 😍

Leo Lawson : What does an American look like? They are in this video.

Arthur Hosey Jr. : I'm from Greenville and I know her brothers who were robbed. That was a bad situation because they've always been good to everyone. It was frowned upon even among us. My roommate at MSU was Chinese and I worked with someone at Ole Miss who family had a store.

Madame Tia : I thank the Chinese in the Delta. They helped my mothers family for sure. My mother would tell me how they would allow my grandmother to buy on credit so they could eat. In tears! Thank you!

Havefunrr : My dad's a farmer in the midwest and I'm 100% Asian, not easy

Ron Carpenter : Love the southern accents. Notice they use forks instead of chopsticks.

Manuel Delgado : one thing about the chinese is even though they are discriminated against, keep their heads down and live and work through it.

Above average Drunk : The older Chinese lady with the curly hair reminds me of my grandmother. Damn it’s like I found a Chinese version of her

Kiing milli : Damn that Chinese lady sound very southern that's how you know where you grow up has a very big difference

Just Qua : I never knew about this. And the ladies southern accent is everything

Kira1Lawliet : Seeing a Chinese woman with a deep Southern accent is like seeing an Inuit writing in Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Chris Chapman : I'm proud of these people are part of our American family

mr Q : That old chinese lady has a paula deen accent, y'all

Ebony W. : The interviewer is so damn beautiful 💕 and hearing the Chinese woman with a deep southern accent always shocks me 🤣

Dreaming Lotus : Momma Quon is CLEARLY from the south. Lawd ham mercy.

aznfangrl612 : I'm having a trip watching my Chinese grandma speaking with the thickest southern accent. "CHWAHHHH-knees"

Katlego Malete : Wow my mind feels like blow... I didn't expect to hear a Chinese person with a southern eccent

helloasroma : These people are like, more American than Californians...

jrh0369 : Their southern accents are awesome. I'm Asian and was raised in Texas. When I joined the military people would ask "are you from Texas?" I would say yes why? It was because of my Texas drawl. Lol.

patrisio3 : They seem more southern than Chinese. The accents remind me of when I was moving from DC to Jacksonville, FL in a UHaul truck in 2005. I decided to stop near the border between the Carolinas. I found a nice looking motel and walked into the office. There were a few decorations from India in the office so I new the owners were Asian Indians. A 40-something year old Indian woman was working the office and she said to me "Howya dooin"? She looked at the UHaul truck outside and said "Is tha yo truuuk?" I'm a native southerner myself from Alabama, but her accent made my accent sound northern.

Matt Thomas : That whole family is adorable! I would love to be friends with them. Southern Chinese food, her accent, and going fishing. That sounds amazing!

my dear : Wow, that sassy old lady has a strong southern thwang. I didn't expect that 😂 This is one thing I ❤ about YouTube. I learn something everyday..

s Jones : So funny to watch a Chinese woman speak in a thicker accent than Paula Deen.

Tracey Holland : Southern styled Chinese food, I'm there!

tom thumb : this is literally the most comfy video I've ever seen. holy shit. not even in that whole its always sunny way of it's funny that an asian has a southern accent. This was just comfy no matter how you slice it.

Joanne Duncan-Carnesciali : This was very well done and eye-opening for me. Thank you.

Jerry Winters : I love this story

Yah Is love : I was hypnotize by the Asian woman with a southern accent 🤗

My name's O' Gee, Baby! : Asians and African descent are beautiful people. Much love, from the Philipines.

Nonchalant : Great story! that food looks so good.

Slam13 X : Amazes me to hear an asian lady with a deep southern accent lol

Jerry Liu : The Southern accent is awesome!!

Nishia Boo : Chinese with southern accents? I love it!!!

Yueshe Vang : Is anybody else amazed by their voice