Mississippi Delta


Think of the Mississippi Delta. Maybe you imagine cotton fields, sharecroppers and blues music.

It’s been all that. But for more than a century, the Delta has also been a magnet for immigrants. I was intrigued to learn about one immigrant group in particular: the Delta Chinese.

We went there and found family histories that are deeply entwined in the community. 

The Legacy Of The Mississippi Delta Chinese

Photos by Elissa Nadworny

“In the Delta, most of the world seemed sky… The land was perfectly flat and level but it shimmered like the wing of a lighted dragonfly. It seemed strummed, as though it were an instrument and something had touched it.” 
–Eudora Welty, Delta Wedding The next best thing to experiencing Mississippi first-hand, as we’re doing now, is absorbing it through the state’s legendary writers. I’m having a great time working my way through this stack for this week’s trip. –Melissa


We hadn’t planned to visit William Faulkner’s home on our visit to Mississippi. We didn’t think we had enough time. But really, the temptation was too great: It seemed sacrilegious to leave Oxford without making even a brief pilgrimage.

So before we headed out to the Mississippi Delta, we stopped by Rowan Oak, the stately antebellum mansion Faulkner bought for $6,000 in 1930. He had just published The Sound and the Fury.

Producer Elissa Nadworny and I lingered outside, looking way up at the towering cedar trees that line the walkway to the pillared entrance. We were skulking around when the front door burst open and curator William Griffith spotted us. “Well, c'mon in!” he called. And in we went.

William Faulkner’s Home Illustrates His Impact On The South

Photos: Elissa Nadworny/NPR


Hi friends! My partner and I have recently started our own sound engineering company! In addition to studio work, we’ll also be interviewing local musicians and reporting on the Mississippi music scene! It would mean so much to me if you gave us a follow! Our first interview with Young Valley is up on our YouTube channel! https://youtu.be/lyvyiMyBDX0

  • Edgar: Racoons are incredible
  • Edgar: There are so many types of raccoons. So much variety. A buffet of good round boys. Mississippi delta raccoons are the good boys of my heart. You should really look up how many types of raccoons there are. One of them will speak to your heart.
  • Edgar: When they stand, amazing, bravo. The balance, incredible. Total power stance. Amazing for running away with cat food. No chance of improvement on this flawless feature.
  • Edgar: They're sensational. They're outstanding. Nothing can compare. These boys are just too good. I hope they know I love them. I cherish them. They are my moon and stars. I pray they’re aware of my devotion to their beautiful faces and small whiskers. Nature entered a never-ending golden age when it made the raccoon.