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Chinaman's Chance: The Chinese on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier

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Writers and historians have traditionally portrayed Chinese immigrants in the nineteenth-century American West as victims. For them, the American frontier was a place that offered no more than "a Chinaman's chance". By examining the early history of the Boise Basin, Idaho, Liping Zhu challenges the stereotypical image of the Chinese pioneers. Looking at various positive aspects of their experience, he takes an entirely new approach to the study of this ethnic minority.

Between 1863 and 1910, a large number of Chinese immigrants resided in Idaho's Boise Basin, searching for gold. As in many Rocky Mountain mining camps, they comprised a majority of the population. Unlike settlers in many other boom-and-bust western mining towns, the Chinese in the Boise Basin managed to stay there for more than half a century.

Like other pioneers, the Chinese immigrants in this unique Rocky Mountain mining region had equal access to the pursuit of happiness. Their basic material needs were guaranteed, and many individuals were able to accumulate a considerable amount of wealth and climb up the economic ladder. Chinese equality was also seen in frontier justice. To settle disputes, they frequently challenged white opponents in the various courts as well as in gun battles. Thus, the Chinese played all the stereotypical frontier roles — victors, victims, and villains. Despite occasional conflicts and personal rivalries, race relations between the Chinese and Euroamericans were relatively good; cultural accommodation, not confrontation, was the predominant theme. The Idaho Chinese actually received opportunities far beyond what has previously been assumed.

Interesting and provocative, A Chinaman'sChance: The Chinese on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier not only offers general readers a narrative account of the Rocky Mountain mining frontier, but also introduces to scholars a fresh interpretation of the Asian experience in nineteenth-century America.

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Offers general readers a narrative account of the Rocky Mountain mining frontier and introduces scholars to a fresh interpretation of the Asian experience in 19th-century America. Challenges the stereotype of Chinese immigrants in the 19th-century American West as victims, showing that their experience in the early history of the Boise Basin, Idaho, was marked by material success and accommodating relations with Euroamericans. Includes b&w photos.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 201-220) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870814679
Subtitle:
(the Chinese on the Rocky Mountain mining frontier )
Author:
Zhu, Liping
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Location:
Niwot, Colo. :
Subject:
Chinese
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Emigration and immigration
Subject:
Gold mines and mining
Subject:
Gold miners
Subject:
United States Emigration and immigration History 19th century.
Subject:
Gold mines and mining -- Rocky Mountains.
Series Volume:
no. 33
Publication Date:
c1997
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xi, 231 p.
Dimensions:
9.32x6.25x.96 in. .69 lbs.

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