Season 6 – Episode 7: Chung’s and Detroit’s Chinatown

Season 6 – Episode 7: Chung’s and Detroit’s Chinatown

As a child growing up in metro Detroit during the 1970s and 1980s, Curtis Chin watched the world go by from an unusual vantage point. His family owned Chung’s, a popular Chinese restaurant in the Cass Corridor, which enjoyed a 60-year run before closing in 2000. Chin, now a nationally recognized author, has written about that experience in his memoir, “Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant.” He explains the pep talk he got from the late Coleman A. Young about the importance of anger. As Chin recalls the conversation: “Coleman Young, challenged me and said, ‘there’s nothing wrong with being angry.’ It’s a motivator. It gets you to do things, and it forces you to ask questions.” 

Photo Credit: Roger J. Martin