Many ethnicities combined to form the unique amalgam of cultures that define the Gulf South. Among the least studied are the Chinese, the first wave of whom arrived in New Orleans as agricultural laborers following the Civil War. Geographer Richard Campanella has studied the two Chinatowns that existed in the Crescent City through the mid-20th century. Rhodes College professor Shaolu Yu of Memphis, Tennessee, is engaged in a humanities mapping project aimed at documenting Chinese immigration in the Mississippi Delta, and historian Winston Ho continues to document Chinese history in the metro area, including cemetery tombs, laundries, churches, and the political ascension of the late Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee. Moderator: David Johnson.

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