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Bitter Melon: Stories from the Last Rural Chinese Town in America

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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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Cindy
Aug 30, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it
We drive through Locke on our way to the cabin on the Delta...thus my interest in "Bitter Melon." It's the history of Locke from the building of the town to current times. It's a charming place that oozes memories of a time long ago.
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Nov 26, 2008 Camille H rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sacramentans, Stocktonians, Deltans
Shelves: non-fict, california
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.
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Jeff Gillenkirk's work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, Mother Jones magazine and dozens of other publications. He is the author of the novels Home, Away and Pursuit of Darkness.

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