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Photographers Document Mississippian Chinese Immigrants

NEW YORK — Two New York City-based photographers traveled through rural communities in Mississippi to not only capture the land’s southern charm, but to document a deeply ingrained, uncelebrated culture.

Over the course of one week, Andrew Kung and Emanuel Hahn met generations of Chinese families that have lived in the Delta for over 100 years.

Chinese immigrants first came to the Miss. Delta region after the Civil War to work on plantations, the duo expressed on Brad Show Live.

Later benefitting from the Civil Rights Act, many Chinese families opened grocery stores in the region which catered to the black community during continued eras of segregation.

While such grocery stores are still around, “there was one or two at most in each city,” Kung said. However, during its heyday, “there was at least two or three on the same block.”

“For us, we really wanted to present different types of Asian American stories,” Hahn said of their project. “We wanted to break the standard narrative of the model minority storyline for every Asian American.”

To hear more on The Mississippi Delta Chinese project, visit here.

To view more segments on Brad Show Live, tune in Monday through Friday from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. EST.