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Bitter Melon: Stories from the Last Rural Chinese Town in America
In 1915 a group of immigrants from the Zhongshan area of southern China built Locke, their own town in the California Delta. In 1971, a young photographer named James Motlow became one of the handful of non-Chinese living in Locke. As he came to know and love his neighbors, he wanted to see their story told. Bitter Melon is this telling, in the words of Locke's people an ...more
Paperback, 142 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by University of Washington Press
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Nov 26, 2008 Camille H rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sacramentans, Stocktonians, Deltans
Having visited Locke and other Delta towns - I was interested in learning about the history of the Chinese in this area. The book mainly contains interviews and photos from the mid-1970's with residents who have probably all passed away. Read this before Shawna Yang Ryan's "Locke 1928" to get the backstory.