|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 learn the history of Chinese laundries, which they recognized as an imporant aspect of the societal context in which the black washerwomen toiled.
|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!
|Posted by John Jung on November 18, 2011 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
My parents came to Macon in 1928 and operated the Sam Lee Laundry in the heart of downtown next to the Lanier Hotel on Mulberry Street until the early 1950s.
Only decades later when doing research for Southern Fried Rice, did I discover that several generations of Chinese had previously owned laundries in Macon since 1885, well before my parents came.
In fact, the very same building at 519 Mulberry where we did business as the Sam Lee Laundry was where earlier Chinese ran the Sam Lee Laundry. However, sometime after 2000, this century old building was demolished and replaced with a parking structure.