I’m easing back into blogging while my family and I are visiting my parents in California.
One nice note that my mom told me about was John Jung’s new book, Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants.
Jung, a retired professor, wrote and published the book, which looks at the families that ran these establishments, the themes that emerged from them and why the independent restaurants surfaced in the United States.
Designer Maya Lin recently talked about how people marveled that she’s from Athens, Ohio.
For a while, my father’s family – originally from Southern China – lived in Augusta, Ga. because there was a need decades ago for people to build canals. A relative went there to work.
When I studied in China, I met ethnic Chinese who called the Maldives, the group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, their new home.
It is the context of the Chinese Diaspora – particularly the U.S. South – in which author John Jung, a retired professor, emerges with his third book, Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers.
The book, published last year, marks his third about Chinese American history and families. One central theme in Chopsticks, he says, is the universal theme of persistence.