On Gold Mountain: The One-hundred-year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

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Vintage Books, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 402 pages
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When she was a girl, Lisa See spent summers in the cool, dark recesses of her family's antiques store in Los Angeles's Chinatown. There, her grand-mother and great-aunt told her intriguing, colorful stories about their family's past - stories of missionaries, concubines, tong wars, glamorous nightclubs, and the determined struggle to triumph over racist laws and discrimination. They spoke of how Lisa's great-great-grandfather emigrated from his Chinese village to the United States; how his son followed him, married a Caucasian woman, and despite great odds, went on to become one of the most prominent Chinese on "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese name for the United States). As an adult, See spent five years collecting the details of her family's remarkable history. She interviewed nearly one hundred relatives - both Chinese and Caucasian, rich and poor - and pored over documents at the National Archives, the immigration office, and in countless attics, basements, and closets for the intimate nuances of her ancestors' lives.
  

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Review: On Gold Mountain

User Review  - Bh - Goodreads

This is the story of an Chinese immigrant beginning in the mid 1800s, his life, his family, and their families. It was very interesting to read of their struggles, the history of Chinatown in LA. Read full review

Review: On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

User Review  - Victoria - Goodreads

I may be a little biased in giving this a high rating because I am a member of the Fong family but I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to know more about Chinese-Americans in the United States in the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Read full review

Contents

The Wonder Time 186671
3
Z Exclusion 187293
27
L0 Sang 18971902
60
Immigration 190213
76
Family Days 191418
87
The Home Village 191920
110
The Kidnapping 192528
156
IO Depression 192934
172
I3 Snapshots 193638
209
DaughterinLaw 194245
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PART V
274
PART Vl
320
Epilogue
379
Acknowledgments
387
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About the author (1995)

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior and Dragon Bones. She wrote the libretto for the Los Angeles Opera adaptation of On Gold Mountain and served as curator for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage's exhibit On Gold Mountain: A Chinese American Experience, also featured at the Smithsonian Institute. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles.

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