Mississippi Delta Chinese

Life in Chinese Grocery Stores


Sharing Memories of Growing Up With Delta Chinese

Posted by John Jung on September 4, 2011 at 12:00 AM

Marietta Hurst Massey posted on FACEBOOK:   "Mississippi Delta Chinese R Us".

"I grew up and lived in the MS Delta, Clarksdale, my entire life until moving to Tupelo, MS., 12 years ago. As a child, I recall my father catering to the Chinese grocers for his purchase of meats and he would get them to grind the fresh beef and slice the steaks right there. I loved going with him to King's, Yick Joe's and Chat Sue's (Mc Sue and Moon Sue) family stores. Chat was a classmate of mine and shared a humorous story with me not long ago. He said that the white men would stop by their store in the afternoon, sit around and drink beer several hours and then get tipsy. Several nights he would have to drive them home !!! The Chinese people were so very friendly and personable even though their English was limited."

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