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The Arkansas Side of the Delta

Posted by John Jung on March 19, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Often overlooked in discussions about Chinese grocery stores in the Delta are those located on the Arkansas side of the river.  Their lives were very similar to those Chinese in Mississippi, and in many cases they were relatives and friends.  The excerpt below from a Master's thesis by Liao in 1951 describing the origins of the Arkansas Chinese and how they got involved in grocery stores through familial ties shows the similarities between the Chinese on the two sides of the river.  The quote is attributed to Mr. Chao, but it may also be spelled as Joe or Chow, and he was probably related to Joes or Chows in Greenville, MS.


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