- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Yin & Yang Press (August 15, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615185711
- ISBN-13: 978-0615185712
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers
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About the Author
John Jung was born to immigrant parents from China who operated a laundry in Macon, Georgia. At age 15, his family moved to San Francisco so that their children could have contact with a Chinese community. After earning a Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University, he was a Professor for 40 years. In retirement, he discovered the importance of writing about the vital role of family-run businesses such as laundries, restaurants, and grocery stores in Chinese American history.
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Kathryn Stockett's book, "The Help," although fiction, would have been a perfect avenue to depict the Chinese in Mississippi. Except for pull-out quotes from Bobby Moon and others, I didn't get the real sense of struggle, prejudice, frustration -- or any of the emotive characteristics confronting the Chinese. The events were a recitation of...the events.
This is not to say that "Chopsticks," is not a good read. I commend Jung for his efforts to capture this fading corner of American society.In the next few years, little of the original voices will be left to speak of the Chinese and the making of America. And for this I congratulate him for adding another bookmark on behalf of the Chinese in Mississippi.
Shaw, MS ('46-60)