How Joy Restaurant

How Joy Restaurant (CLOSED) Greenville, MS

Today’s consumer of Chinese cuisine may have a refined knowledge of the regional specialties of the country, but back in the early 1960s, a time when even chopsticks were seen as new and exciting, what Americans knew of Chinese food mainly consisted of Chop Suey and Chow Mein.

Though you could have ordered a plate of either of those dishes at How Joy Restaurant in the Greenville, Raymond Wong and his family were proud to serve you other, lesser-known dishes of their Cantonese heritage. Opened in 1968 by his parents, Henry and Pon Wong, How Joy was one of the first Chinese restaurants to open in the Mississippi Delta and was a Greenville institution until its closing in 2008. And while the restaurant may have closed, Raymond is still proud of its 40-year history of providing hungry Mississippians a taste of something new alongside something familiar.

Date of interview:

August 25, 2010

Interviewer:

Jung Min (Kevin) Kim

Photographer:

Jung Min (Kevin) Kim

Raymond Wong - Chinese Grocers in the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta
They were starving for something different in this town because we didn't have anything very much, I mean besides just regular American food.

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