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In Honor of Ngalan Tam Lee - Chef opened Chinese restaurants in Georgia

Posted by John Jung on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, In : Restaurateurs 
Excerpt from Atlanta Journal-Constitution,  March 5, 2011 Obit.

There's a line in an old Chinese poem, the gist of which is that if one wants the best in Chinese cooking, one should eat Cantonese cuisine. That was Ngalan Tam Lee's specialty.

Mrs. Lee and her husband, James Soon Lee, came to Georgia from San Francisco in 1975 at the invitation of relatives already here who said there were very few Chinese restaurants in metro Atlanta and saw that as an opportunity to start one.

The Lees' first p...
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A Tribute to Kwok Kwong Mui (1934-2011)

Posted by John Jung on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, In : Restaurateurs 
(Excerpted from Jan. 29, 2011 article by Andrew Meacham,  Staff Writer, St. Petersburg Times

"Kwok Kwong Mui, who co-founded the restaurant with two cousins in 1965, always regarded the business as a means, not an end.

He wanted his children to do better.To make those things possible, Mr. Mui manned a wok as head chef - 12 hours a day, six days a week.

"He would be all hot and sweaty from kitchen work," said Linda Mui Wright, a daughter. "He would say, 'You all don't want to be like this. Make s...


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John Jung After retiring from a 40-year career as a psychology professor, I published 4 books about Chinese immigrants that detail the history of their laundries, grocery stores, and family restaurants in the U. S. and Canada.
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