Southern Fried Rice
Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South
This memoir conveys the experiences, first of my parents and subsequently of our family, the only Chinese people living in Macon, Georgia between 1928 and 1956. It describes our family’s isolated existence running a laundry, enduring loneliness as well as racial prejudice for over 20 years, explains why and how it moved across the continent to live in San Francisco near a Chinese community, and relates how each family member adjusted to the challenges and opportunities of their new lives.
John Jung grew up in Macon, Georgia, where his Chinese immigrant parents operated a laundry for more than 20 years and raised the only Chinese family in town. He was a professor of psychology for 40 years and upon retiring from California State University, Long Beach, he began a new career on the history of the Chinese American experience. He has published five books about Chinese immigrants running family businesses such as laundries, grocery stores and restaurants that afforded their children opportunities for better lives. The goal of these books is to inspire, educate, and preserve the history of the many contributions of the Chinese to American society.
Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain
Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers
Sweet & Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants
A Chinese American Odyssey: How A Retired Psychology Makes A Hit As A Historian.