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Writers and historians have traditionally portrayed Chinese immigrants in the nineteenth-century American West as victims. By investigating the early history of Idaho's Boise Basin, Liping Zhu challenges this image and offers an alternative discourse to the study of this ethnic minority.

Between 1863 and 1910, a large number of Chinese immigrants resided in the Boise Basin to search 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.

Thus, the Chinese portrayed all the stereotypical frontier roles-victors, victims, and villains. Their basic material needs were guaranteed, and many individuals were able to climb up the economic ladder. Frontier justice was used to settle disputes; Chinese-Americans frequently challenged white opponents in the various courts as well as in gun battles.

Interesting and provocative, A Chinaman's Chance not only offers general readers a narrative account of the Rocky Mountain mining frontier, but also introduces a fresh interpretation of the Chinese experience in nineteenth-century America to scholars interested in Asian American studies, immigration history, and ethnicity in the American West.

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A Chinaman's Chance not only offers general readers a narrative account of the Rocky Mountain mining frontier, but also introduces a fresh interpretation of the Chinese experience in nineteenth-century America to scholars interested in Asian American studies, immigration history, and ethnicity in the American West.

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Offers a fresh interpretation of the full range of Chinese experiences in the West and challenges stereotypical images of Chinese pioneers.

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jhor0107, October 18, 2008 (view all comments by jhor0107)
Overall I liked this book. It shows the other side of american life for a Chinese immigrant in the Rocky Mountain mining frontier. The faults in this book are that all the information from the book was acquired from old court records and and other records from that time so it uses a lot of numbers and that gets kind of repetitive.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780870815751
Author:
Liping, Zhu
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
Author:
Zhu, Liping
Subject:
Chinese
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Mines and mineral resources
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Americana-General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.9 x 5.8 x 0.5 in

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A Chinaman's Chance not only offers general readers a narrative account of the Rocky Mountain mining frontier, but also introduces a fresh interpretation of the Chinese experience in nineteenth-century America to scholars interested in Asian American studies, immigration history, and ethnicity in the American West.
"Synopsis" by , Offers a fresh interpretation of the full range of Chinese experiences in the West and challenges stereotypical images of Chinese pioneers.
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