Mississippi Delta Chinese

Life in Chinese Grocery Stores

Sam Chu Lin, Acclaimed T. V. News journalist from the Delta


Raymond Wong of Greenville's How Joy Restaurant

Frieda Quon of Greenville's Min Sang Grocery Store

Luck Wing of Jonestown's Wing's Cash Grocery Store Who Became Its Mayor

Sherman Hong Recalls Growing Up Chinese in Greenville, Ms. 

  Sherman Hong, who grew up in Greenville in a multiethnic neighborhood, shared his reflections on how his musical talents helped him achieve acceptance and assimilation in the white dominant Delta society.  He retired in 2005 as Emeritus Professor Music after 40 years of service with the University of Southern Mississippi and recently retired as timpanist for the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. Currently he is Conductor of the City of Hattiesburg Concert Band (regional community band) and served on the boards of the Lakeshore Homeowners Association and the Northeast Lamar Volunteer Fire Department.  His wife, Mildred, is retired from teaching music after 30 years in the public schools at elementary and high school levels. She remains active with singing and acting roles in musicals for the Tulane Summer Lyric Theater and the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera, for which she was also a board member.  

William Fong, Duncan, Ms. An Early Delta Chinese Pharmacist

The sole survivor of a tornado that struck his family's grocery store in 1925 when he was only 4 or 5, other Chinese rallied and helped raise William Joe Fong so that he was able to succeed in life, graduating from Ole Miss and becoming the second Chinese pharmacist in the Delta.

Willie Yung, A Civic-spirited Grocer in Rena Lara from 1930s-1967 

Willie Yung was a well-respected Chinese grocery store owner in Rena Lara for close to 40 years, separated by the Chinese exclusion law from his family back in China.  He, nonetheless, managed to send money back to support them. He was  in his community  Many years later his descendants moved to the United States, and in 2001 made a pilgrimage to the site of his store to pay tribute to him for the sacrifices and support he provided that enriched their lives. 

Note: The Governor of Mississippi issued a Proclamation that July 27, 2002 be designated as WILLIE JOE YUNG DAY in recognition of his civic contributions to his community of Rena Lara.

(The full text of the proclamation can be found under the LINKS page of this website.)

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