Joe's family members first emigrated to Alabama from Canton (Guangzhou), China through the port of Mobile in the 1880s. He came to the United States a youth and lived in Georgia before arriving in Birmingham in 1919. Joe and three other partners, including Loo Bing, Loo Choy and Choi Sai opened the King Joy Inn restaurant on 3rd Avenue North in downtown Birmingham that year. Joe subsequently opened the landmark Joy Young Restaurant on 20th Street North in 1922. Joe was a mamber of the Birmingham Restaurant Association and the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.
- Lake, Clancy (December 14, 1948) "Canton Native, Back From Trip, Urges U.S. End Aid To China." The Birmingham News, p. 31
- "Joe Mansion, owner of Joy Young's, dies after short illness." (February 28, 1954) The Birmingham News, p. 35
- Mansion Joe at Findagrave.com