LSU Science Café: Asian-Cajuns and the Story of America’s Favorite Seafood
Louisiana shrimp constitute the American gold standard of raw seafood excellence. However, Louisiana’s shrimping industry’s historic and enduring connection to the Pacific Rim is not widely known. For example, as early as 1870, the Chinese community built shrimp-drying operations in Louisiana’s wetlands and exported dried shrimp to Asia through the port of San Francisco. Louisiana continues to export dried shrimp to Asian markets domestically and internationally today. Additionally, since 2000, Louisiana’s Vietnamese community has increasingly led Louisiana’s fresh shrimp harvest. Join Dr. Don Davis to learn more about Louisiana’s shrimping industry and community.