Last Boat Out of Shanghai

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Last Boat Out of Shanghai

Last Boat Out of Shanghai

The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution

  • Author: Helen Zia
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • ISBN: 0525618864
  • Category: History
  • Page: 544
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The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist revolution—a heartrending precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today. “A true page-turner . . . [Helen] Zia has proven once again that history is something that happens to real people.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa See Shanghai has historically been China’s jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city. The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao’s proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. Seventy years later, members of the last generation to fully recall this massive exodus have revealed their stories to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia, who interviewed hundreds of exiles about their journey through one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. From these moving accounts, Zia weaves together the stories of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States. Benny, who as a teenager became the unwilling heir to his father’s dark wartime legacy, must decide either to escape to Hong Kong or navigate the intricacies of a newly Communist China. The resolute Annuo, forced to flee her home with her father, a defeated Nationalist official, becomes an unwelcome exile in Taiwan. The financially strapped Ho fights deportation from the U.S. in order to continue his studies while his family struggles at home. And Bing, given away by her poor parents, faces the prospect of a new life among strangers in America. The lives of these men and women are marvelously portrayed, revealing the dignity and triumph of personal survival. Herself the daughter of immigrants from China, Zia is uniquely equipped to explain how crises like the Shanghai transition affect children and their families, students and their futures, and, ultimately, the way we see ourselves and those around us. Last Boat Out of Shanghai brings a poignant personal angle to the experiences of refugees then and, by extension, today. “Zia’s portraits are compassionate and heartbreaking, and they are, ultimately, the universal story of many families who leave their homeland as refugees and find less-than-welcoming circumstances on the other side.”—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

Asian American Dreams

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Asian American Dreams

Asian American Dreams

The Emergence of an American People

  • Author: Helen Zia
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 9781429980852
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 256
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The fascinating story of the rise of Asian Americans as a politically and socially influential racial group This groundbreaking book is about the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the junctures that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness, including the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, by two white autoworkers who believed he was Japanese; the apartheid-like working conditions of Filipinos in the Alaska canneries; the boycott of Korean American greengrocers in Brooklyn; the Los Angeles riots; and the casting of non-Asians in the Broadway musical Miss Saigon. The book also examines the rampant stereotypes of Asian Americans. Helen Zia, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was born in the 1950s when there were only 150,000 Chinese Americans in the entire country, and she writes as a personal witness to the dramatic changes involving Asian Americans. Written for both Asian Americans -- the fastest-growing population in the United States -- and non-Asians, Asian American Dreams argues that America can no longer afford to ignore these emergent, vital, and singular American people.

Ghosts of Gold Mountain

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Ghosts of Gold Mountain

Ghosts of Gold Mountain

The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

  • Author: Gordon H. Chang
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN: 1328618617
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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“Gripping . . . Chang has accomplished the seemingly impossible . . . He has written a remarkably rich, human, and compelling story of the railroad Chinese.” — Peter Cozzens, Wall Street Journal A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now From across the sea, they came by the thousands, escaping war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes in America. Converging on the enormous western worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad, the migrants spent years dynamiting tunnels through the snow-packed cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laying tracks across the burning Utah desert. Their sweat and blood fueled the ascent of an interlinked, industrial United States. But those of them who survived this perilous effort would suffer a different kind of death: a historical one, as they were pushed first to the margins of American life and then to the fringes of public memory. In this groundbreaking account, award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America. An invaluable correction of a great historical injustice, The Ghosts of Gold Mountain returns these “silent spikes” to their rightful place in our national saga. “The lived experience of the Railroad Chinese has long been elusive . . . Chang’s book is a moving effort to recover their stories and honor their indispensable contribution to the building of modern America.” — New York Times

New York Before Chinatown

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New York Before Chinatown

New York Before Chinatown

Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882

  • Author: John Kuo Wei Tchen
  • Publisher: JHU Press
  • ISBN: 9780801867941
  • Category: History
  • Page: 416
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"This fascinating book by Professor Tchen is required reading for anyone interested in the history of New York City." -- Dolores Hayden, author of The Power of Place

Last dance at the Hotel Kempinski

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Last dance at the Hotel Kempinski

Last dance at the Hotel Kempinski

creating a life in the shadow of history

  • Author: Robin Hirsch
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of New England
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 300
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A story of "joy, despair, laughter, terror, & the ambiguous miracle of survival."

The Snow Leopard of Shanghai

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The Snow Leopard of Shanghai

The Snow Leopard of Shanghai

  • Author: Erin Pizzey
  • Publisher: HarperPrism
  • ISBN: 9780061000379
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 608
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Sophia Oblimova and her sister Elena flee Russia during the final days of the Czar's regime, seeking refuge in corrupt Shanghai, where they must begin new, harsher lives

The Last of the Whampoa Breed

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The Last of the Whampoa Breed

The Last of the Whampoa Breed

Stories of the Chinese Diaspora

  • Author: Pang-Yuan Chi,David Der-wei Wang
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 0231509057
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 288
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Whampoa Military Academy was China's first modern military institution. For decades the "Spirit of Whampoa" was invoked as the highest praise to all Chinese soldiers who guarded their nation heroically. But of all the battles these soldiers have fought, the most challenging one was the civil war that resulted in the "great divide" of China in the mid-twentieth century. In 1949 the Communists exiled a million soldiers and their families to compounds in Taiwan and cut off communication with mainland China for forty years. The Last of the Whampoa Breed tells the stories of the exiles written by their descendants, many of whom have become Taiwan's most important authors. The book is an important addition to the vastly underrepresented literature of Taiwan in translation and sheds light on the complex relationship between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Western readers will not at first recognize the experiences of these soldiers who were severed from a traditional past only to face unfulfilled promises and uncertain futures. Many of the exiles were doomed to live and die homeless and loveless. Yet these life stories reveal a magnanimous, natural dignity that has transcended prolonged mental suffering. "I Wanted to Go to War" describes the sadly ineffectual, even comic attempts to "recapture the mainland." The old soldier in "Tale of Two Strangers" asks to have his ashes scattered over both the land of his dreams and the island that has sheltered him for forty years. Some of the stories recount efforts to make peace with life in Taiwan, as in "Valley of Hesitation," and the second generation's struggles to find a place in the native island society as in "The Vanishing Ball" and "In Remembrance of My Buddies from the Military Compound." Narrating the homeland remembered and the homeland in reality, the stories in this book affirm that "we shall not let history be burned to mere ashes."

Captives of Empire

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Captives of Empire

Captives of Empire

The Japanese Internment of Allied Civilians in China, 1941-1945

  • Author: Greg Leck
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: China
  • Page: 738
  • View: 9610
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Captives of Empire is the definitive history of the Japanese internment of Allied civilians in China, 1941-1945. There are over 650 scarce and rare illustrations, 20 maps, a detailed index and an extensive bibliography of published and non published sources. Also included is a complete list of the 13,544 internees held in China and Hong Kong, with detailed biographical information, compiled from scores of sources and the only such published database of its kind in the world. Covered are the lives of Westerners in the prewar world of the Treaty Ports, the shock and dismay of the Japanese invasion, life under the occupation, life in the camps, and the aftermath of the war. This book would be of interest to anyone whose family was in China or those interested in the history of Westerners in China.

Cadet Gray

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Cadet Gray

Cadet Gray

Stories of Morgan Park Military Academy

  • Author: JAMES M. VESELY
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 0595860230
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 266
  • View: 5661
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Early morning formations and close-order drill, Saturday afternoon football games and the pure hell of being a plebe. Spit-shined shoes and polished brass, flying flags and fluttering guidons. Sunday parades, full-dress balls, and the never-ending grind of studies. The joy of cars and girls and dreams of youth. And above all, the exciting, confusing, always uncertain adventure of growing up and coming of age. Sixteen heartwarming, often humorous stories that cover four decades of ritual, custom, and tradition at Morgan Park Military Academy, seen through the eyes of one legendary instructor Capt. Francis S. Gray. For more than forty years, his common sense and stubborn insistence on academic excellence helped generations of cadets through awkward adolescence and into young manhood.

The Year of Eating Dangerously

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The Year of Eating Dangerously

The Year of Eating Dangerously

A Global Adventure in Search of Culinary Extremes

  • Author: Tom Parker Bowles
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 1466852135
  • Category: Cooking
  • Page: 400
  • View: 4209
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Fugu. Dog. Cobra. Bees. Spleen. A 600,000 SCU chili pepper. All considered foods by millions of people around the world. And all objects of great fascination to Tom Parker Bowles, a food journalist who grew up eating his mother's considerably safer roast chicken, shepherd's pie and mushy peas. Intrigued by the food phobias of two friends, Parker Bowles became inspired to examine the cultural divides that make some foods verboten or "dangerous" in the culture he grew up with while being seen as lip-smacking delicacies in others. So began a year-long odyssey through Asia, Europe and America in search of the world's most thrilling, terrifying and odd foods. Parker Bowles is always witty and sometimes downright hilarious in recounting his quest for envelope-pushing meals, ranging from the potentially lethal to the outright disgusting to the merely gluttonous—and he proves in this book that an open mouth and an open mind are the only passports a man needs to truly discover the world.