They also live in the Canadian maritimes provinces consisting in part of the descendants of the original Acadian exiles—French-speakers from Acadia L'Acadie in what are now the Maritimes of Eastern Canada. In Louisiana, Acadian and Cajun are often used as broad cultural terms without reference to actual descent from the deported Acadians. Historically, Louisianians of Acadian descent were also considered to be Louisiana Creoles , although Cajun and Creole are often portrayed as separate identities today. Most Cajuns are of French descent.
You could be a fairly unobservant and dull-witted person me, for example and still notice this thing. And then there are the Shell Shacks, the Tasty Tails, and so on. You see the pattern, no doubt. And you may wonder what's with all these seafood places, which, their generally crabby nomenclature notwithstanding, are particularly about crawfish. And thereon hangs a tale -- one about war, migration, assimilation, appropriation and imitation. A story, in other words, about food. Most of these restaurants are Vietnamese-owned and run, and they serve a style of food that's come to be known as Viet-Cajun.
Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. While I'm waiting for a couple of pounds of boiled crawfish at Cajun Corner restaurant, I notice a young Vietnamese-American guy approach the little table covered with condiments near the front counter. He dumps several tablespoons of a ground red pepper into a small bowl, then he squirts in mayonnaise and ketchup and stirs it all up.