Racism, Chinese Restaurants, and Immigration in Early-20th Century US

Fascinating story on the history and proliferation of Chinese restaurants in the United States, and their link to immigration and limitations on immigration.

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/02/22/467113401/lo-mein-loophole-how-u-s-immigration-law-fueled-a-chinese-restaurant-boom?utm_content=buffer5925e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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NPR: “When Ancestry Search Led To Escaped Slave: ‘All I Could Do Was Weep'”

“When she was in fifth grade, Regina Mason received a school assignment that would change her life: to connect with her country of origin. That night, she went home and asked her mother where they were from.

“She told me about her grandfather who was a former slave,” Mason tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “And that blew me away, because I’m thinking, ‘Slavery was like biblical times. It wasn’t just a few generations removed.’ ”

http://www.npr.org/2016/01/18/463164866/when-ancestry-search-led-to-escaped-slave-all-i-could-do-was-weep