Praise From Audiences At Book Talks


        Southern Fried Rice: Life in A Chinese Laundry in the Deep South

I really enjoyed your presentation at NAAAP. Southern Fried Rice tells a very unique and interesting story.  Everyone in my family (my wife, my 9-year-old daughter, and myself) really enjoyed reading the book.  J. F.

Thank you for a wonderful evening as a speaker at the Chi-Am Circle dinner. Your speech and life in the South typify some of the members in our group.  My husband went through a lot when he was a child in Mississippi.   C. F.

You had the audience in the palm of your hands at the luncheon today! Thank you so much for taking the time to come up and share some of your experiences with us.  Several people came up to me later to tell me how much they enjoyed your talk.  G. I.

I was pleased to be in your audience in Phoenix, and purchased both books from you. I thoroughly enjoyed reading So. Fried Rice and to know Chinese-Americans all over the US of our generation all felt the same about ourselves, no matter the parents_ occupation, or our lifestyles. J. Yen

Thank you again for coming to Houston last weekend and for giving us such an interesting talk.  I enjoyed reading your first book, "Southern Fried Rice" before the talk and am now reading your second book on "Chinese Laundries".  I understand that you are working on your third book "Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton."  I like your writing style.  It is clear and easy to read.  J. T.

Thank you so much for a wonderful presentation.  It was a great evening for all of us. Our MCCA members and friends all enjoyed learning about Chinese American history and your life in Macon, GA.  Lots of luck on your talk in Berkeley tomorrow.  Jean Bee Chan, Marin Chinese Cultural Association

You were a hoot! Thanks for coming to speak at Sacramento Chinese Culture Foundation, the greatest testimonial is no one left after dinner! The audience was mesmerized by your style and candor. Even the Chinese-born audience said they learned something new. Eileen Leung

It was a pleasure meeting you today @ Delta State U & well worth the 2-hr drive.  I am look'g forward to read'g your books and will share them among our 3 college-age daughters. Your time and patience in document'g grow'g up in America in the early years will help visualize to the younger generation what our ancestors went through. My humble thanks, Linda

Thank you for agreeing to come to the Mississippi Delta and sharing your stories with us.  It was such a pleasure meeting you.  We are all anxiously awaiting the release of CHOPSTICKS and your return to the Delta.  Please know that you have a strong fan base here in the Mississippi Delta, and at Delta State University.    Georgene

...The author, who still retains a bit of a Southern accent, touched on a handful of themes.  Isolation is a common one for immigrants, his own made worse by the fact they were the only Chinese people living in Macon (Georgia) between 1928 and 1956.  ... Jung spoke not as a bitter man, and in fact revealed a sense of humor on several occasions.  Nevertheless, he drew on a reservoir of stories that pointed out injustices, cruelty, and ignorance directed at him and his family.


Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain


We were honored to have you visit (Chinese American Museum of Chicago).  Everyone really enjoyed your presentation and company-one of the best comments was _he was so down to earth and engaging. We thank you for sharing your family story and spending time with us.  Soo Lon Moy

On behalf of Chinese American Museum Of Chicago and myself, I want to thank you very much for spending so much of your time with us while you were attending the AAAS conference here the past week.  Your lecture yesterday was most interesting and with the most attendance for us so far.  I know that there would be more exchanges if time permitted. I hope that you were well pleased and will grant us future visits. We certainly were delighted to have you.  I have been away most of today, but sat down and read thru "Southern Fried Rice" in one sitting this evening.  That says a lot about your book.  Margaret Larsen

The Berkeley Chinese Community Church Senior Center have been twice blessed with your presentations, last year on "Chinese Laundries" and this year on "Southern Fried Rice." You have a way of telling your stories that bring back so many memories of our own lives as we all grew up as 2nd generation Chinese Americans. We look forward to a presentation on your 3rd book "Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton" with great anticipation.  Thank you again.     Warren Chinn

 After reading the chapter on "Lives of Chinese Laundry Children” I felt great pride in my unique experiences (growing up in a laundry), and was very happy to have my thoughts and feelings normalized. Kathy

Thanks!  I bought four of your books already… I did enjoy your lecture on Chinese laundries. Miranda 

I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed your lecture on Chinese laundries. Thank you for coming to Arizona State University and giving us a most enjoyable time.

What an informative and enjoyable talk on the history of Chinese laundries in America, and what at honor it is to meet author John Jung. I recommend everyone try to catch any of John Jung's talks!  Victoria Moy


Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Delta Chinese Grocers

Thanks for the informative and educational presentation at Berkeley CCC.  It was very well received. … The southern friends were delighted to meet you and hear the lecture. Rachel Wong

I very much enjoyed your presentation yesterday in Monterey Park.  I completely understood your sense of "not being Chinese enough."  Even today, when I am in a room full of Chinese adults, I feel like a foreigner, too much "white" attitude to be Chinese. Not only was I the ONLY Chinese kid in Baton Rouge, La... I was also an only child in a typical Chinese family (be seen but not heard) so I led a very lonely existence.  I did not make a Chinese friend until I was in the 4th grade, when we moved back to New Orleans…  

I am grateful for your willingness to share your story with us last Saturday in Washington, D.C.  I felt like you overwhelmed the audience and left them wanting to hear more...  We have heard nothing but positive comments from many of the folks who attended.  Stan Lou

I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and the opportunity to meet you in Foster City. Mary Chu

                  Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants

The Sweet Taste of History

           Each time John Jung comes to the (San Diego Historical) museum to present his books about the experience of Chinese laundries, Chinese markets, being the only Chinese family in town, and now, Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants, so many Chinese immigrants and their children share in the experiences that he describes that t evokes the nostalgic atmosphere of a family reunion.  Alex Stewart

Thank you for your lovely presentation at the San Francisco Chinatown library.

I really enjoyed your presentation and look forward to reading Sweet and Sour…thank you for your work in the unique experience of U. S. Chinese in the diaspora.

Bravo! Wonderful talk on my favorite of all of your books!  Thank YOU for being the object of our overwhelming attendance and I hope you sold a few books to the attendees!  The food was good at the Forbidden City, the ambience was great, and you proved that you were the "man of the hour"!  Thank you for "being" our event.  
    Hazel Wallace, Past President, U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association-Long Beach.

Thank you for making the trip to Chicago for this very special event.  Everyone had great compliments for your powerppoint and presentation!  There were 45 people at the event plus 2 from the Chinese media.  Soo Lon Moy

 Thanks for a great presentation!!!! As I told you earlier today, my friends were greatly impressed with you and your info on Chinese families of restaurant owners... it is an honor to meet you and hope to see more of you again in Portland.  Bruce Wong

We, the younger generation of Chinese Americans, all appreciated your presentation of Sweet & Sour. The story is full of laughter and tears for the audiences.  Dan Huynh

John Jung spoke about the history of Chinese immigrants, but he told it through the stories of Chinese restaurants and the families that operate them. He managed to work the Chinese Exclusion Act and chop suey into one sentence! (Chop suey is most certainly an American dish, but it helped popularize Chinese restaurants among whites, who were leery of the Chinese and their food.)  ... If more people could have a teacher like Dr. Jung, maybe fewer people would run from history..."