Born in 1937 in Macon, Georgia, where his immigrant parents, the only Chinese in town, operated a laundry until the early 1950s when they moved to San Francisco. He earned his B.A. at U.C. Berkeley and his Ph.D. at Northwestern. After 40 years as a professor of Experimental Psychology at California State University, Long Beach and at York University in Toronto, he retired in 2007. Then, much to his surprise, he stumbled into an accidental new career as a public historian of Chinese American history.
John Jung is the author of Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton: Lives of Mississippi Chinese; Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants; Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival in Gold Mountain; Southern Fried Rice: Life in a Chinese Laundry in the Deep South and many other books.