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Chinese groceries in Augusta’s Black neighborhoods focus of documentary in weekend film festival

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Her grandmother’s story of leaving home at 17 and moving across the country always intrigued Crystal Kwok.

But the more she learned about Pearl Lum and her Augusta roots, the more Kwok realized there was a bigger story to tell than just that of her grandmother. Kwok’s film “Blurring the Color Li...

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  1. In the 1960s, my mom used to take me down to Lam’s Grocery on D’Antignac Street behind the Chevrolet dealership. I was always impressed with the huge butcher’s block in the back of the store. Mom would buy four fresh-cut steaks, and this was our big treat for the month.

  2. I wonder if the documentary mentions that the 1970 riot caused many of them to close permanently. Now they talk about downtown and surrounding neighborhoods being a food desert with no grocery store. Well it was self inflicted

  3. As a child I knew of the Chinese ran grocery stores in black neighborhoods.
    It could be a fascinating story. My grandmother was a business woman and always talked kindly about the Chinese business influence in Augusta.
    While there was certainly segregation, there were also kindly relationships between black and white people. I was taught to respect people of all races.

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