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Located in the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives & Museum building, 3rd floor.Chinese Heritage Museum
101 Fifth Avenue, Cleveland, MS 38733
662.846.4780 or email

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Against the backdrop of a rapidly disappearing society and culture, the museum promotes local heritage preservation by actively collecting oral histories, memorabilia, photographs and textile materials related to the history and story of the Mississippi Delta Chinese immigration and settlement. The resources developed from on-going preservation projects will encourage an environment of understanding and appreciation of our ethnic and cultural diversity.
The Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum opened October 2012 and is free and open to the public.
A complete index of materials currently held in the collection is coming soon. Researchers are encouraged to contact the University Archives staff for appointments to view collections.
If you are interested in contributing to the collection by donating family materials or by financially supporting the mission of the museum, please contact University Archivist, Emily Jones ( or by calling 662-846-4781.

Contribute to the Delta Wok Recipe preservation project.


The history of Chinese culture is rich in the Mississippi delta. From grocery stores to farming the Chinese people are as much a part of the Mississippi delta as the river that waters the fields. Over the years several books have been published on the history of the cultural migration from China. We wish to not replicate what these books have accomplished but to document something else–the food. Over the next year we would like to document through oral histories, film, and still photography the history of the Delta Chinese families through the family recipes and how they changed from one land to the other.

~Easton Selby, project co-coordinator

Email your Contribution

If you would like to e-mail your recipe in a typed format or if you would like to scan and e-mail your handwritten recipe, please direct correspondence to

Mississippi Chinese Veterans of WWII: A Delta TributeThe University Archives & Museum
and The MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum
are proud to introduce our newest publication

Mississippi Chinese Veterans of World War II:
A Delta Tribute

By Gwendolyn Gong, John H. Powers and Devereux Gong Powers


Please join us for a special afternoon reading and program
8 November 2015 at 3:00pm
Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House, Simmons Room
1003 W. Sunflower, Cleveland, MS 38733

Samantha Cheng will introduce and provide a sneak preview of her most recent documentary which compliments and expands upon the original work created by Gwen Gong & John Powers and their daughter, Devereux.

A Delta casual BBQ dinner will be served at 5:00pm
Tickets for the dinner are $15.00 and can be purchased in advance through the University Archives & Museum by calling 662.846.4781.

We hope you will be a part of the exciting projects to document and remember the Mississippi’s Chinese heritage.

Gwen Gong and John Powers will also present their work at the University’s Veteran’s Day program on Wednesday, 11 November at noon following the community Veteran’s Day program held at the Cleveland-Bolivar County Courthouse at 11am.

The 11 November program is free and open to the public.

Visit the Gallery for photographs taken during the reunion.  Special thanks to our volunteer photographers:
Corky Lee
Harry Gong, Jr.
Rory Doyle
Wyatt O’Keefe

As our nation celebrates 50 years of space exploration and particularly the lunar landing of Apollo 11, the University Archives & Museum and the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum recognizes the contributions of the Chinese-America Deltans who played key roles in the exploration, discovery and successes of the NASA programs through an exhibition and a series of public programs.

Re-Entry MS: A Reunion is a schedule of programs hosted on 7 & 8 July 2019 at Delta State University’s Young-Mauldin cafeteria, multi-purpose room. Speakers, presentations, round-table discussions and learning opportunities make up the schedule. Free and open to the public thanks to the generous support from the MS Humanities Council.

Re-Entry MS: Kids Mini Space Camp is an interactive opportunity for children of parents/guardians attending the public programming on Monday, 8 July. This program is free with the only requirement that a parent or legal guardian also attend the “Re-Entry MS: A Reunion” schedule of events on Monday, 8 July.

Re-Entry MS Exhibit

July 8 – October 30, 2019

Re-Entry MS: 50 years after Apollo is an in-house curated exhibition featuring items on loan from the individuals who played key roles in the establishment and development of NASA’s Apollo programs and subsequent STEM related discovery. Free and open to the public during regular University hours.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program and exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Mississippi Humanities Council.

MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum Collections

Museum Collections are arranged by alphabetically by the donor’s last name.  Please review the list below for those collections which have been processed and are now available for review in the University Archives & Museum’s Reading Room.

MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum Oral Histories

The University Archives & Museum has been collecting oral history interviews since the late 1990’s.  Our collections continue to grow thanks in large part to oral history grants awarded by the Mississippi Humanities Council.  We are eager to collect other oral histories.  If you would like to participate in an oral history interview, please contact the University Archives via e-mail ( or by calling 662.846.4780.

Oral Histories are arranged alphabetically by the interviewee.

Dong, Fay & Juanita Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Gong, Kenneth Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Gong, Penney Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Joe, Edward & Annette Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Lancaster, Joe Warren Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Jue, Bobby & Laura Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Kit Gong, Bobbie Gore, Joy Gore, Amy Gore, and Billie Gore Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Kossman, S.E. (Juliet) Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Lee, Hoover & Freeda Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Lum, Harold Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Quon, Frieda Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Sidney, Audrey Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Wing, Luck and Mae Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Wong, Frances Click to Read the Transcribed Interview
Woo, Eddie & Shirley Click to Read the Transcribed Interview