By Robert Seto Quan, Julian B. Roebuck
A research displaying how the Mississippi chinese language were capable of extend their social and fiscal strength and at the moment are relocating clear of their restrictive beginnings
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One old-time customer said to me yesterday: "Miz Pau, don't close up the store, because then I won't have anyone to talk to. All my children have moved away. Oh, Mrs. White is such a nice lady. " Old people manage to be cordial as well as efficient in dealing with black and white customers. They get along well with blacks and whites. Therefore they prosper in business. I witnessed the following dialogue, between Mr. Geem Lung, lifelong owner of a grocery store that formerly belonged to his father, and Mr.
33 LO NEN GA tion process. One old woman described her need to bury her husband a Christian: My family are all Christians and have been baptized in the church. My husband wouldn't, though. He never cared much about religion, but he was a good provider for the family. When he was dying, it made us feel better that he witnessed to Jesus just before he passed away. The preacher was there at his deathbed. We all felt better that he had a Christian burial. All of us who are saved will be together in heaven when the day comes that is what the Bible says, and we believe it.
Old People at Church Old people throughout the Delta are committed Christians and church members. " Most take an active part in church programs. Many were religious leaders in the community when the Chinese first sought acceptance by whites in the Delta. They foresaw that becoming Christian was the first necessary step toward the goal. They also found that they could learn the English language by means of church services, religious instruction, and Bible readings. The old people act as moral guides and Christian teachers, and they attain spiritual and economic security through hard work, religious devotion, and self-sacrifice.