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ORAL HISTORY

Luck Wing


For Luck Wing, life in Jonestown, Mississippi, was good. He had friends to play with, parties to attend, and plenty of Chinese vegetables to eat. Though he grew up in a family of grocery store owners (both his father and most of his brothers were in the business), Luck knew that it wasn’t the life for him. His father agreed and expected him to finish school and go to college. When he enrolled in 1946, Luck was one of the first Chinese men to attend the University of Mississippi. He went on to open Mississippi’s only Chinese-run pharmacy in Sledge and eventually served as the town’s mayor. Now, happily retired in Oxford after forty-five years in the pharmacy business, Luck enjoys football weekends and alumni outings.

Date of interview:
2010-08-26

Interviewer:
Jung Min (Kevin) Kim

Photographer:
Jung Min (Kevin) Kim

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