I just received a note from David Pham, the sharp and conscientious young man whom I interviewed during my first couple of days on the Gulf in June. David works for the Bayou la Batre chapter of B.P.S.O.S., a noble organization with a painfully ironic name. ("B.P" stands for "Boat People," not the infamous oil conglomerate)
When I interviewed David this summer, I asked what Southern Foodways people could do to help the hard-working folks in the oyster and shrimp processing business. At the time they were mostly out of work due to the fishing stopages. David and I agreed that the most significant thing we food-lovers could do was to help the fishing communities get back on their feet once the oil spill was halted.
Here's one small opportunity. This Sunday the Fourth Annual Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will be held in Biloxi. A primer: "The event promotes Asian-American/Gulf Coast culture and youth empowerment." There will be federal and state agencies on-hand for those affected by the oil spill. But the entertainment sounds like the real draw. Yes, there will be bureaucrats offering assistance, but also "a Gulf Coast Best Dance Crew competition, a Gulf Coast Got Talent competition, different cuisine from across the Gulf Coast, traditional performances, a fashion show, and performances from popular YouTube artists," David said.
If you want to learn more, go here www.gulfcoastreach.org
If you want to see my original blog post on the Asian-American communities affected by the oil spill, please visit my now-retired blog here.