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Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem
Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem
by Paula Williams Madison
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This powerful debut tells the story of Paula Williams Madison's Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. He became romantically involved with a Jamaican woman, Paula's grandmother, and they lived together modestly with their daughter in his Kingston dry... (read more)

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On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
by Lisa See
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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... (read more)

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The Chinese in America: A Narrative History
The Chinese in America: A Narrative History
by Iris Chang
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In an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day, Iris Chang tells of a people’s search for a better life—the determination of the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange land and, often against great... (read more)

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Fresh Off the Boat
Fresh Off the Boat
by Eddie Huang
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“Long before I met him, I was a fan of his writing, and his merciless wit. He’s bigger than food.” —Anthony Bourdain NATIONAL BESTSELLER Eddie Huang is the thirty-year-old proprietor of Baohaus — the hot East Village hangout... (read more)

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Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island 1910-1940
Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island 1910-1940
by Him Mark Lai
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"For thirty years, from 1910 to 1940, Angel Island in San Francisco Bay was the first, often the only, toehold in America for immigrants from China. From the Cantonese Pearl River delta district of Taishan they sailed, fleeing famine and the foreign... (read more)

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Sweet Cakes, Long Journey: The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon
Sweet Cakes, Long Journey: The Chinatowns of Portland, Oregon
by Marie Rose Wong
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Around the turn of the twentieth century, and for decades thereafter, Oregon had the second largest Chinese population in the United States. In terms of geographical coverage, Portland's two Chinatowns (one an urban area of brick commercial structures... (read more)

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The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (Vintage)
The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (Vintage)
by Eric Liu
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US“Eric Liu has written a powerful memoir, a memoir that renders the Asian American experience with a depth and a passion reminiscent of Richard Wright's Black Boy. It is a major contribution to the literature that defines what it means to be an... (read more)

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Fusang: Or, the Discovery of America by Chinese Buddhist Priests in the Fifth Century
Fusang: Or, the Discovery of America by Chinese Buddhist Priests in the Fifth Century
by Charles Godfrey Leland
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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts... (read more)

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The Eighth Promise: An American Son's Tribute to His Toisanese Mother
The Eighth Promise: An American Son's Tribute to His Toisanese Mother
by William Poy Lee
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William Poy Lee received his bachelor's of architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law, University of California, San Francisco. A lawyer since 1979, he lives in Berkeley, where he writes... (read more)

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The Girl from Purple Mountain: Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America
The Girl from Purple Mountain: Love, Honor, War, and One Family's Journey from China to America
by May Lee Chai
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"This is an intricately orchestrated cross-generational memoir, and one that is particularly successful in linking the world of China in the first half of the twentieth century to the opportunities and ambiguities of those Chinese who grew up as... (read more)

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Who Am I?: An Autobiography of Emotion, Mind, and Spirit (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography)
Who Am I?: An Autobiography of Emotion, Mind, and Spirit (Wisconsin Studies in Autobiography)
by Yi Fu Tuan
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For more than fifty years, Yi-Fu Tuan has carried the study of humanistic geographyandmdash;what John K. Wright early in the twentieth century called geosophy, a blending of geography and philosophyandmdash;to new heights, offering with each new book a... (read more)

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Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and Their Journey from East to West
Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story of Three Generations of Chinese Women and Their Journey from East to West
by Helen Tse
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Spanning almost a hundred years, this rich and evocative memoir recounts the lives of three generations of remarkable Chinese women. Their extraordinary journey takes us from the brutal poverty of village life in mainland China, to newly prosperous... (read more)

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Canton Elegy: A Father's Letter of Sacrifice, Survival, and Enduring Love
Canton Elegy: A Father's Letter of Sacrifice, Survival, and Enduring Love
by Stephen Lee
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Stephen Lee's grandchildren knew him as a humble grocer. Beneath his humble exterior, however, lay one of the most extraordinary stories of the twentieth century.   Lee was born in Canton, China in 1902. As a teenager he was sent to live with... (read more)

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On Gold Mountain
On Gold Mountain
by Lisa See
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A family history tracing the route of the author's great- grandfather from his Chinese village to the United States, where he married a white woman and overcame the odds to become one of the richest Chinese people on "Gold Mountain," the Chinese name... (read more)

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Making an American Festival: Chinese New Year in San Francisco's Chinatown
Making an American Festival: Chinese New Year in San Francisco's Chinatown
by Chiou Ling Yeh
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and#8220;Yeh has written one of the best books on post-World War II Chinese American life in recent years.and#8221;... (read more)

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The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, and the Transformation of American Orientalism
The China Mystique: Pearl S. Buck, Anna May Wong, Mayling Soong, and the Transformation of American Orientalism
by Karen J Leong
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Throughout the history of the United States, images of China have populated the American imagination. Always in flux, these images shift rapidly, as they did during the early decades of the twentieth century. In this erudite and original study, Karen J... (read more)

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American Paper Son: A Chinese Immigrant in the Midwest (Asian American Experience)
American Paper Son: A Chinese Immigrant in the Midwest (Asian American Experience)
by Wayne Hung Wong
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A captivating look at a hidden chapter in Chinese American history and#160; During the height of racist anti-Chinese U.S. immigration laws, illegal aliens were able to come into the States under false papers identifying them as the sons of those who had... (read more)

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Lucky Girl
Lucky Girl
by Mei-Ling Hopgood
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“An eye-opening account of life in Chinas orphanages. Kay Bratt vividly details the conditions and realities faced by Chinese orphans in an easy-to-read manner that draws the reader in to the heart-wrenching moments she has experienced in her work... (read more)

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In the Valley of the Yangtze: Stories from an American Childhood in China (Commonwealth Memoirs)
In the Valley of the Yangtze: Stories from an American Childhood in China (Commonwealth Memoirs)
by Helen Roberts Thomas
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A China-born daughter of American Episcopal missionaries tells a story of China that is little-known to both Chinese and Americans in this robust memoir. What were Americans doing in China in the 1920s and 30s, and how did an American child come to be... (read more)

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God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York's Evolving Immigrant Community (Religion, Race, and Ethnicity)
God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York's Evolving Immigrant Community (Religion, Race, and Ethnicity)
by Kenneth J Guest
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This comprehensive volume brings together the major essays in the subject of law and development. The first sections concerns the relationship between legal systems and social, political and economic change in developing countries. The second section... (read more)

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