This scholarly book studies the Chinese of the Mississippi Delta. During Reconstruction, white plantation owners imported Chinese sharecroppers in the hope of replacing their black laborers. In the beginning they were classed with blacks. But the Chinese soon moved into the towns and became, almost without exception, owners of small groceries.
A Chinese scholar who lived among the Delta Chinese wrote this ethnography showing how the Chinese, initially classified as "colored," came to be viewed as a people with a separate identity. It shows how they expanded their social and economic standing running small grocery stores throughtout the Delta.
A social history of the Delta Chinese and their lives in operating their small grocery stores that were often located in black neighborhoods close to the cotton pickers who were their primary customers when they first opened in the early part of the last century/
Prof. Jane Adams and D. Horton discuss race issues in the Delta from the perspective of different groups including Chinese Hoover and Freda Lee from Louise, Ms. ( To see the video interview, go to the link below this one)
Video in 2010 with Raymond Wong discussing his father's grocery store in Greenville, Ms. as well as how they left that business for safety reasons during the turbulent civil rights activism days to open a Chinese restaurant, How Joy, that operated until recently.