Home in a New Place: Making Laos in Morganton, NC Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Clune, Kathryn
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of American Studies, Folklore Program
  • This thesis explores, through the world of one family, how Lao-Americans have crafted their home in a small southern community. By chronicling their experiences in Morganton, North Carolina, I tell a larger story about emergent global landscapes across the South. The extended Phapphayboun family is an anchor for the Lao-American community in Morganton. With three generations now united, the family asserts their Lao heritage every day. This project explores three realms essential to the Phapphayboun's identity: their home and holiday traditions; the family restaurant; and the local temple they helped establish. Across each of this family's worlds, traditional foodways knit together the threads of their identity for personal and public display. Food gives the Phapphayboun family a strong foundation. It is the taste of Laos, played out in papaya salad and chilies, which enables the Phapphaybouns to exercise their heritage among one another, the local Lao community, and other Morgantonians
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  • Sawin, Patricia
  • Herman, Bernard
  • Ferris, Marcie Cohen
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2015
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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