On Gold Mountain

The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family


Author: Lisa See

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 1101910089

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 4286

Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world. 82 photos.

Chinese Laundries: Tickets to Survival on Gold Mountain


Author: John Jung

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1257149245

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 7416

A social history of the role of the Chinese laundry on the survival of early Chinese immigrants in the U.S.during the Chinese Exclusion law period, 1882-1943, and in Canada during the years of the Head Tax, 1885-1923, and exclusion law, 1923-1947. Why and how Chinese got into the laundry business and how they had to fight discriminatory laws and competition from white-owned laundries to survive. Description of their lives, work demands, and living conditions. Reflections by a sample of children who grew up living in the backs of their laundries provide vivid first-person glimpses of the difficult lives of Chinese laundrymen and their families.

Oranges on Golden Mountain


Author: Elizabeth Partridge

Publisher: Paw Prints

ISBN: 9781442055728


Page: 40

View: 9812

When hard times fall on his family, Jo Lee is sent from China to San Francisco, where he helps his uncle fish and dreams of being reunited with his mother and sister.

Tales from Gold Mountain


Author: Paul Yee

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

ISBN: 155498243X

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 64

View: 6902

Winner of the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, the IODE Violet Downey Book Award and the IODE National Chapter Award Drawing on the real background of the Chinese role in the gold rush, the building of the railway and the settling of the west coast in the nineteenth century, noted historian and children’s author Paul Yee has created eight original stories that combine the rough-and-tumble adventure of frontier life with the rich folk traditions that these immigrants brought from China. These tales are funny, sad, romantic and earthy, but ultimately, as a collection, they reflect the gritty optimism of the Chinese who overcame prejudice and adversity to build a unique place for themselves in North America.

Good Fortune

My Journey to Gold Mountain


Author: Li Keng Wong

Publisher: Peachtree Publishers

ISBN: 1561458740

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

View: 7088

In 1933, seven-year-old Li Keng’s life changed forever. Her father decided to bring his family from a small village in southern China to California. Getting to America was not easy. Getting past America’s strict anti-Chinese immigration laws was even more difficult. To do so, the family had to keep secrets and offer well-rehearsed lies. Life in America during the Great Depression brought many exciting surprises as well as a few disappointments. Hunger, poverty, police raids, frequent moves, and the occasional sting of racism were a part of everyday life, but slowly Li Keng and her family found stability and a true home in “Gold Mountain.” An author’s note contains photos and an update on her family. The book contains information on Angel Island and its significance in history as well as an explanation of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Surviving on the Gold Mountain

A History of Chinese American Women and Their Lives


Author: Huping Ling

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791438633

Category: Social Science

Page: 252

View: 4838

The first comprehensive work on Chinese American women's history covering the past 150 years.

Escape to Gold Mountain

A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America


Author: David H.T. Wong

Publisher: arsenal pulp press

ISBN: 1551524775

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 256

View: 5245

This is a vivid graphic history of the Chinese experience in North America over the last 150 years, beginning with the immigration of Chinese to "Gold Mountain" (the Chinese colloquialism for North America) in the 1800s that resulted in decades of discrimination, subjugation, and separation from loved ones. Based on historical documents and interviews with elders, the book is also the epic story of the Wong family as they traverse these challenges with hope and determination, creating an immigrant's legacy in their new home of North America. David H.T. Wong is an architect and historian.

Search for Gold Mountain

Coming to America from ChinaT1850


Author: M. J. Cosson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780756900731

Category: History

Page: 56

View: 2677

Ming and his father leave China and go to California to try to strike it rich in the gold fields. One night, the weather changed. Ming had fallen asleep looking at the stars. He woke up to a dark gray sky. There were no stars in sight. Sheets of water fell from the sky. The wind howled. The junk pitched wildly. Men were rushing around to take down the sails. Water splashed everywhere. At times, it felt like the junk might tear apart. Ming's father grabbed Ming. He held him tightly. But Ming wasn't afraid. "Don't worry," his father said. "If the junk tips over," Ming said, "some of the barrels will float. We can hop on barrels and ride them to Gold Mountain."

Make Me Stay


Author: Rebecca Brooks

Publisher: Entangled: Brazen

ISBN: 1633757617

Category: Fiction

Page: 251

View: 8796

Samantha Kane is about to solidify her father's legacy by developing sleepy Gold Mountain into the most profitable ski resort in the country. There's one man standing in her way though. One very sexy, rugged man. When she shows up to convince Austin Reede to sell, she has no intention of hiding her identity. But with a body like his, she'll take a few risks to get closer. Austin was the fastest skier on the U.S. Olympic team, until he shattered his knee. Gold Mountain became his refuge—and now Kane Enterprises is threatening that home. When he meets Sam, he has no idea she's the one to blame, he just knows the attraction between them is one he hasn't felt in years. A scorching hot one-night stand is just what he needs. Little does he guess that it will change everything... Each book in the Men of Gold Mountain series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. Series Order: Book #1 Make Me Stay Book #2 Make Me Beg

Flower Net

A Red Princess Mystery


Author: Lisa See

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588366672

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 8802

“Lisa See begins to do for Beijing what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle did for turn-of-the-century London or Dashiell Hammett did for 1920s San Francisco: She discerns the hidden city lurking beneath the public facade.” –The Washington Post Book World In the depths of a Beijing winter, during the waning days of Deng Xiaoping’s reign, the U.S. ambassador’s son is found dead–his body entombed in a frozen lake. Around the same time, aboard a ship adrift off the coast of Southern California, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Stark makes a startling discovery: the corpse of a Red Prince, a scion of China’s political elite. The Chinese and American governments suspect that the deaths are connected and, in an unprecedented move, they join forces to see justice done. In Beijing, David teams up with the unorthodox police detective Liu Hulan. In an investigation that brings them to every corner of China and sparks an intense attraction between the two, David and Hulan discover a web linking human trafficking to the drug trade to governmental treachery–a web reaching from the Forbidden City to the heart of Los Angeles and, like the wide flower net used by Chinese fishermen, threatening to ensnare all within its reach. “A graceful rendering of two different and complex cultures, within a highly intricate plot . . . The starkly beautiful landscapes of Beijing and its surrounding countryside are depicted with a lyrical precision.” –Los Angeles Times Book Review “Murder and intrigue splash across the canvas of modern Chinese life. . . . A vivid portrait of a vast Communist nation in the painful throes of a sea change.” –People “Fascinating . . . that rare thriller that enlightens as well as it entertains.” –San Diego Union-Tribune A Finalist for the Edgar Award for Best First Mystery A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK From the Trade Paperback edition.

Gold Mountain Turned to Dust

Essays on the Legal History of the Chinese in the Nineteenth-Century American West


Author: John R. Wunder

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

ISBN: 0826359396

Category: History

Page: 200

View: 4238

Some half million Chinese immigrants settled in the American West in the nineteenth century. In spite of their vital contributions to the economy in gold mining, railroad construction, the founding of small businesses, and land reclamation, the Chinese were targets of systematic political discrimination and widespread violence. This legal history of the Chinese experience in the American West, based on the author’s lifetime of research in legal sources all over the West—from California to Montana to New Mexico—serves as a basic account of the legal treatment of Chinese immigrants in the West. The first two essays deal with anti-Chinese racial violence and judicial discrimination. The remainder of the book examines legal precedents and judicial doctrines derived from Chinese cases in specific western states. The Chinese, Wunder shows, used the American legal system to protect their rights and test a variety of legal doctrines, making vital contributions to the legal history of the American West.

Kai's Journey to Gold Mountain

An Angel Island Story


Author: Katrina Saltonstall Currier

Publisher: Angel Island Association

ISBN: 9780966735277

Category: Angel Island (Calif.)

Page: 39

View: 5912

In 1934, twelve-year-old Kai leaves China to join his father in America, but first he must take a long sea voyage, then endure weeks of crowded conditions and harsh examinations on Angel Island, fearing that he or his new friend will be sent home.

Gold Mountain Blues


Author: Ling Zhang

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781848875951

Category: Canada

Page: 400

View: 8525

One Family. Five generations. An epic story of love and loss. China, 1879 With the Opium wars at their height, Fong Tak-Fat boards a ship to Canada, determined to make a life for himself and support his family back home. He will endure great hardship as he works to build the Pacific Railway and save every penny he makes to reunite his family. Canada, 2004 Amy Smith knows nothing of her family history, a secret her mother will not share, until she is summoned to her ancestral home in China to collect the forgotten belongings of family members whom she has never met. Can Amy finally unlock the door to her past? Telling the story of one family's journey through five generations and across the seas, Gold Mountain Blues is a heartrending tale of sacrifice, endurance, hope and survival.

Dragon Bones

A Novel


Author: Lisa See

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588362704

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 6876

When the body of an American archaeologist is found floating in the Yangzi River, Ministry of Public Security agent Liu Hulan and her husband, American attorney David Stark, are dispatched to Site 518 to investigate. As Hulan scrutinizes this death—or is it a murder?—David, on behalf of the National Relics Bureau, tries to discover who has stolen from the site an artifact that may prove to the world China’s claim that it is the oldest uninterrupted civilization on earth. This artifact is not only an object of great monetary value but one that is emblematic of the very soul of China. Everyone—from the Chinese government, to a religious cult, to an unscrupulous American art collector—wants this relic, and some, it seems, may be willing to kill to get it. At stake in this investigation is control of China’s history and national pride, and even stability between China and the United States. The troubled Hulan must overcome her own fears of failure, while David tries desperately to break through the shell that has built up around his wife. As Hulan and David are enmeshed in international schemes for power and the turbulence of their own relationship, these hunters after the truth become the hunted—in a fast-driving narrative set against the backdrop of the building of the Three Gorges Dam, the largest and most expensive project China has undertaken since the Great Wall and the subject of great international debate. It is here, in the heart of the Three Gorges, that David and Hulan will battle their enemies and their own natures to see who will win China’s dragon bones. Dragon Bones combines ancient myth with contemporary anxieties concerning religious fanaticism and terrorism to tell a story of love, betrayal, history, ecology, greed—and gory murder.

Angel Island

Gateway to Gold Mountain


Author: Russell Freedman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780606396776


Page: N.A

View: 7713

For use in schools and libraries only. Angel Island, off the coast of California, was the port of entry for Asian immigrants to the United States between 1892 and 1940. Following the passage of legislation requiring the screening of immigrants, "the other Ellis Island" processed around one million people from Japan, China, and Korea. Drawing from memoirs, diaries, letters, and the "wall poems" discovered at the facility long after it closed, the nonfiction master Russell Freedman describes the people who came, and why; the screening process; detention and deportation; changes in immigration policy; and the eventual renaissance of Angel Island as a historic site open to visitors. Includes archival photos, source notes, bibliography, and index..

Old Gold Mountain


Author: Bradley W. Wright

Publisher: Black Opal Books

ISBN: 9781626948815

Category: Fiction

Page: 268

View: 4484

Justin Vincent is an artist who leads a secret double life as a cat burglar. When a valuable painting is stolen from his lover, he agrees to use his underworld contacts and knowledge of the black market to help. He gathers clues that lead him to a mysterious chateau in the South of France and a dangerous web of secrets and lies.

Gold Mountain


Author: Anne Azel

Publisher: P D Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781933720043

Category: Fiction

Page: 124

View: 8907

Gold Mountain has a unique and distinctive Canadian flavour which embraces the cultural diversity found in Canada today. It is the story of two women, not only on opposite ends of our cultural scale but also on opposite ends of our Justice scale. It is the story of Kelly, the daughter of the concubine of a Chinese immigrant to Canada, and her struggle to find her place in both the Caucasian and Chinese world, both of which prefer their women heterosexual. It is the story of Jane, a woman who appears to have found her place in the world, but in fact her place is waiting to be discovered. Discovering for Jane and a place for Kelly comes as a result of the night that Kelly's half-brother, her father's only son, an indulged young man, is murdered. The author is skilled at writing both Kelly and Jane's voices and the impact is considerable. Easily, the reader is led from one POV to the other solely by how the voices are written.

Gold Mountain


Author: Sharon Cullars

Publisher: Loose Id

ISBN: 1607375346

Category: Fiction

Page: 223

View: 7107

In 1865, the hope for gold has spurred many to seek their fortunes in California, the place the Chinese call Gum San or "Gold Mountain." Amidst this backdrop, Quiang, a new Chinese immigrant, works the dangerous rails hoping to save enough money to send home to his parents. In town, Leah and Clara, two enterprising women from New York, have plans of their own to grow a restaurant and laundry business. However, both plans go awry when Quiang and Leah meet one fateful day. What starts as a budding attraction soon grows into tumultuous desire despite the cultural and language barriers between them. Initially resistant, Leah succumbs to passion following a tragic loss that leaves her vulnerable and alone. With hopes for a future that now includes Leah, Quiang embarks on a perilous path as he leaves the railroad behind for a more profitable position as a courier for The Tong, henchmen for the dangerous Triad. Quiang soon finds that navigating the secretive life of a courier brings more danger than he has ever faced on the railroad, dangers that not only threaten to tear him and Leah apart, but may cost them their lives as well.

The Kitchen God's Wife


Author: Amy Tan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780143038108

Category: Fiction

Page: 415

View: 8799

Winnie Louie, an aging Chinese woman convinced that she will die soon, decides to unburden herself by divulging the secrets of those closest to her and to her suspicious, Americanized daughter.

China Dolls


Author: Lisa See

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408853264

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 4293

It's 1938 and the exclusive Oriental nightclub in San Francisco's Forbidden City is holding auditions for showgirls. In the dark, scandalous glamour of the club, three girls from very different backgrounds stumble into each other lives. All the girls have secrets. Grace, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest and an abusive father. Helen is from a Chinese family which has deep roots in San Francisco's Chinatown. And, as both her friends know, Ruby is Japanese passing as Chinese. Then, in a heartbeat, everything changes. The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and paranoia, suspicion, and a shocking act of betrayal, threaten to destroy their lives.