Chinese New Year in Shreveport Records, 2009

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2009 (Date created)
Creator and/or Contributor
Louisiana Folklife Program (actor), Shiela Richmond (creator)
Scope and Content Note

Materials include field report, project article draft, correspondence, interview summaries, survey forms, and photographs. Digital materials include 31 JPEGs and research/project articles in PDF and DOC formats.

Administrative/Biographical History Element

"With so many from southeastern Asia coming to the area, the First Baptist Church of Shreveport began an outreach service in 1980 by establishing the Chinese Baptist Mission. Although the people who come to Shreveport are Chinese, they come from different areas of China and other southeastern Asian countries. Some Chinese come from Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or the Philippines. The Chinese Baptist Mission serves as a gathering place for any people of similar culture, for those who perhaps had never attended church before, and for those of other Christian denominations as well as those of the Baptist faith.

Families from Shreveport and the surrounding area who adopted children from China were anxious to help their children research, celebrate, and remain close to their Chinese culture. Some of the first families who adopted would gather at a Chinese restaurant to celebrate the New Year. One year, they invited Pastor Gideon Lim to the celebration. Pastor Lim subsequently arranged for a yearly celebration at the Chinese Baptist Mission. For this annual event, the CBM sponsored a simple dumpling supper with various members of the congregation making different portions of the meal."

Richmond, Sheila. 2012. “Luck, Peace, and Prosperity: Celebrating Chinese New Year in Shreveport.” Louisiana Folklife Program.


System of Arrangement

Materials may be found in the following series within the Louisana Folklife Program Project Files:

  • XXXV. New Populations - Subseries 3. Chinese New Year in Shreveport

General Note

Collection is available for review at LSU Libraries Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, Baton Rouge, La.

1 (folder)
20.2 (MB)
English (Languages)
Chinese (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Chinese New Year (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Chinese Americans--Louisiana--Social life and customs. (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Chinese--Louisiana--Social life and customs. (Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT))
Chinese New Year--Louisiana. (Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT))
Preferred Citation
Louisiana Folklife Program Project Files, Mss. 4730, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Materials Designation
digital image files (JPEG)
Related Entities:
Louisiana Folklife Program (actor)
Shiela Richmond (creator)