Corky Lee

Filling the Void

Covering the Gulf Coast Asian American community in the wake of disaster.

Above: Dinh V. Nguyen, the 61-year-old owner of the Ocean View shrimp boat in Biloxi, MS, said there has been no work since the BP oil spill. It costs roughly $5,000 to $7,000 to outfit a vessel before leaving dock, Nguyen said, and if the US Coast Guard deems the shrimp to be tainted before they reach port, the owner is forced to dump the entire cargo, resulting in a total loss for the journey.