Posted on November 28, 2011
Dr. John Jung is a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychology. He presented talks to the Honors Program at the University of Memphis on his book Southern Fried Rice, to a general audience on the “History of Chinese in the South During the Jim Crow Era,” and to the fifth-grade students of the Campus School on “What Your History Books Left Out About the History of Chinese in America”. This latter talk took place on September 12th, 2011, and was sponsored by the Confucius Institute. In addition, he gave a talk, “On Being Chinese Where Everyone Else is Either Black or White,” to the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at the University of Mississippi in Oxford on September 15th, 2011, gave an interview on Mississippi Public Radio about Delta Chinese grocers, and held a conversation hour, “Beyond Black and White: The Chinese American Experience,” at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, on September 20th, 2011. He presented his talk “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Retirement” at the Signal Hill Community Center on September 26th, 2011, as well as at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on September 29th, 2011. This last event was sponsored by the APA Historical Society, the U.S. China People’s Friendship Association, and the National Association of Chinese Americans. He gave an interview on Atlanta NPR on September 29th, 2011. During his interview, Dr. Jung addressed the long-term harm of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and the significance of an official apology from the U.S. government. Moreover, he spoke on a Creative Nonfiction panel and at a book signing for Southern Fried Rice at the Crossroads Writers Conference and Literary Festival, which was held in Macon, Georgia on October 1st -2nd, 2011. He also presented “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Retirement: How A Psychologist Morphed into A Historian of Chinese America” to the Alumni Association and Association of Emeriti at CSULB on October 21st, 2011.