Mississippi Delta Chinese

Life in Chinese Grocery Stores

John Jung


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Born in Macon, Georgia, where my immigrant parents, the only Chinese in town, raised their family running  our laundry until we moved to San Francisco when I was 15.   I taught psychology for 40 years at California State University, Long Beach, before I retired. Then I wrote a memoir, "Southern Fried Rice," about our lives in Georgia. This book attracted positive attention, especially in the Mississippi Delta, and led me to visit the Delta for 2 weeks and later publish a social history about the Delta Chinese grocery families, "Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton" in 2008.

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8 Comments

Reply Qung W. Go
8:18 AM on September 23, 2012 
John
Thanks for your comment. As you noted, my father operated grocery stores in Ark, MS, and TN. He later retired to the Bay Area in CA. I teach project management at Northwestern after a career as an information consultant.
Qung
Reply Andy
7:04 PM on September 18, 2012 
Thank you John. My knowledge of the Delta is quite minimal and I am hoping to learn more (I have just obtained your book and am greatly looking forward to reading it). I have explored Chinese communities wherever I've been able to, and still spend time in New York's Chinatown at least twice a year. It was almost a second home during my childhood. Here in North Carolina there is a thriving Chinese community, though relatively new.
Reply vythucdao
11:12 PM on August 26, 2012 
Hello there!

I hope this finds you well---Im sorry it took awhile to get back to you with my syllabus, honestly, I only just finished it this weekend. What email may I use to send it directly to you? Only as a placeholder, I put you down for a Skype meeting on 9/28, but it can be anytime from 9/10 to 9/28....those weeks are devoted to looking at the factors, challenges, political and social forces that different Asian communities encountered in the process of settlement and incorporation. The class will read your book Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton (unless you prefer Southern Fried Rice?). I hope it was okay to committed your name on a date--it was only a placeholder. Thank you!
Reply lorac
11:08 PM on February 26, 2012 
I was actually hoping that you had uncovered some information concerning Dr. Eavenson's work in Cleveland wih the school. The only information we have (his grandchildren) is of his work actually while in China and at best that is only through old photographs of my father (his son, Lester). Thank you for getting back to me and if I uncover anything in my search I will post it here on your blog. My renewed interest is spurred by a possible trip to Beijing soon. Hopefully one day I will get back to the Delta also and actually see the wonderful tribute to the Chinses Mission school there at Delta State. Thank you again!
Reply Mamie Lee
9:28 PM on November 20, 2011 
I actually spent much of my youth in Cleveland at my Grandfather's old farm staying with my family the Gong's. I attended the old Chinese Baptist church for many summers. Every few years I try to visit my Uncle Gilroy and Aunt Sallye in Clarksdale.
Reply Adriane Pang
9:53 AM on August 19, 2011 
Hi Mr. Jung. My dad was Uncle Pap's younger brother, Billy Pang. He was the ninth child not shown in the family picture at the old store, having not been born. My mom and sisters came to your book signings in Houston.
Reply John Jung
8:49 PM on June 29, 2011 
Thanks for the info, Mike... I didn't realize our paths met before... I met Hoover and Freeda (his nephew lives on my street...small world, huh) Best regards, John
Reply Michael Woo
7:56 PM on June 29, 2011 
Hi Mr Jung,
We have met before in Foster City.
Michael Woo , born 1937 in Hong Vin Village, Check Hom, Guangdong, China, moved to Inverness, MS in 1948 , owned
Wing's Grocery until 2005. moved to Hayward, CA
wife, Mayly Jue Woo , hometown Vicksburg, MS
sons , Douglas, Philip. Gregory & Kenneth
also related to Hoover Lee. Joy Woo Chow