"One foot in the white world, one foot in the black world: "Chinese entrepreneurship in the Deep South

Authors: Shaolu Yu*, Rhodes College
Topics: Ethnicity and Race, Urban Geography, Immigration/Transnationalism
Keywords: Race, Chinese, Deep South, ethnic entrepreneurship
Session Type: Virtual Lightning Paper
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The research on ethnic entrepreneurship has been prolific. Yet, very rarely have the scholars examined the impacts of ethnic entrepreneurship on inter-racial relations and racial formation. By using the example of Chinese grocery stores in the Mississippi Delta region during the Jim Crow era, this paper attempts to bridge the studies on immigration, race, ethnic entrepreneurship, and place-making. This article uses archival research, (driving) interviews, fieldwork, and census analysis.

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