|Posted by John Jung on January 20, 2017 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
When we left Macon, Georgia where I was born to move to San Francisco in 1952, we packed up all our few possessions worth bringing, mostly clothing, family photos and small household items that we could ship on the train as part of our baggage allotment (I think 150 lb. per passenger).
We left behind our two "devices" for home entertainment, a small Philco radio that let us listen to comedy and drama programs as well as play by play broadcasts of football games and a hand cr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John Jung on August 10, 2016 at 4:15 PM||comments (0)|
Unable to read, write, or speak English well even after living in the U. S. for over 25 years (mostly in Macon, Georgia), a few years after moving to San Francisco mother decided to learn how to read and write English so she could apply for citizenship.
It was not...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John Jung on August 27, 2014 at 1:00 PM||comments (0)|
Last year, I had the unexpected pleasure of being interviewed by Grammy-nominated jazz singer, Neena Freelon, and documentarian, Lana Garland who are producing a multi-media theatrical tribute, The Clothesline Muse, to the black washerwomen of yesterday who earned meagre incomes to help support their families by washing clothes for whites. Freelon and Garland contacted me to lea...Read Full Post »
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D.G. Martin interview of John Jung on WCHL-FM
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Our parents had a small collection of 78 rpm phonograph records (the only kind in the 1940s before the new obsolete 33 and 45 rpm formats existed). We had to crank the handle of the nonelectric phonograph to get the turntable to spin, I never saw my parents play any of the records, which may be because they had no time or also because they had records of songs such as "For Me and My Gal," Begin the Beguine," and "The Vamp." They did have ONE Chinese record, and as kids, George...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John Jung on August 23, 2012 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
I am always delighted to hear from any reader of my book to learn about their reactions. It was especially rewarding to receive one this week from a Chinese in a family that moved from the San Francisco bay area to northern Virginia when she was 9 years old.
I just finished reading your book, Southern Fried Rice. Although my grandparents did not own a laundry, ...I can relate very well to the sense of isolation you experienced in your formative ye...Read Full Post »
|Posted by John Jung on August 1, 2012 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Since ours was the ONLY Chinese laundry in Macon when we were there, no one could accuse us of price-fixing. Even had we had wanted to, with whom could we have colluded with? Just one more disadvantage of being the only Chinese in town!