Southern Mix honors the distinctive and powerful stories of Asians and Asian Americans in the US South through building a collection within the Southern Oral History Program.
Southern Mix was inspired by Asian American alumni, and will focus on collecting oral histories from Asian and Asian American residents of the Triangle, of North Carolina, and of the larger region of the South. The Carolina Asia Center is collaborating with the Southern Oral History Program and the Alumni Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity to gather these personal biographies. This project will include a wide range of stories of escape, immigration, cultural assimilation, or even how to cook a grandparent’s favorite meal.
This program is a rare opportunity to study and research Asian American topics. For years, individual faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill have offered courses related to Asian American studies, but the University currently does not offer a major, minor, or certificate in this field.
Southern Mix also aims to expand the University’s educational offerings on diverse Asian American experiences at Carolina and in the region. This will be accomplished by growing undergraduate and graduate student research into Asian American history and society, and increasing the number of courses on these topics offered on campus.
Southern Mix in the News
“Southern Mix: Collecting Asian-American Stories in the South.” The State of Things on WUNC-FM, June 7, 2018.
"The Southern Oral History Program Noticed a Lack of Asian-American Voices in Its Archive. Southern Mix Is the Fix," Archive. Southern Mix Is the Fix," Sayaka Matsuoka, INDY Week, June 21, 2017.