Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
A Chinese American Odyssey: How a Retired Psychologist Makes a Hit as a Historian Paperback – November 25, 2014
|New from||Used from|
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
I grew up in the only Chinese family in Macon, Georgia, where I was born in 1937. Our family ran a laundry above we lived in two small rooms. We finally moved to San Francisco in the early 1950s because our parents wanted their children to live among Chinese people. I eventually earned a Ph.D. in psychology at Northwestern University and then had a 40 year career as a professor at California State University, Long Beach. In retirement, I began to study the life experiences of Chinese immigrants like my parents who endured harsh lives and suffered racial prejudices. "Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South" described what our family experienced living in the South during the Jim Crow era. The interest that this book generated led me to write other books about the Chinese American experience. "Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain" is a social history of the important role that these businesses that once dotted the landscape held for the economic survival of Chinese immigrants. "Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers" examines the similar role of this family occupation for Chinese in the delta. "Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants" is a social history of Chinese family restaurants and includes personal stories of children's role in helping parents run their restaurants. "A Chinese American Odyssey" is a writing memoir about the process and experience of how I, a psychology professor, reinvented myself in retirement to become a public historian of Chinese in America.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
His work is indeed a vicarious journey as I discovered the subtle, but overt vicissitudes affecting the culture and mores of the Deep South through his "eyes." Our lengthy friendship allowed me to have cursory glimpses of southern living from the perspective of a family who was neither black or white.......a non-discussed sociological anomaly manifested during my formative youth when south meant south of Market street. For those who remember this iconic Bay Area ad: "Farms in Berkeley? Moooooo!" (What?....Chinese in the Deep South? Moooooo!")
Read his works and experience a cultural revelation. He remains to this day, humble, unpretentious, brilliant, and funny to the bone. He is indeed.......the Millionaire of Southern Graciousness.
John Jung’s writing style is folksy, with a lot of humor. He tells how he retired from his job as a psychology professor and became an author of four books about Chinese American history (this is his fifth).