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Paper Son: One Man's Story

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In this remarkable memoir, Tung Pok Chin casts light on the largely hidden experience of those Chinese who immigrated to this country with false documents during the Exclusion era. Although scholars have pieced together their history, first-person accounts are rare and fragmented; many of the so-called "Paper Sons" lived out their lives in silent fear of discovery. Chin's ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 2nd 2000 by Temple University Press (first published 2000)
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This novel talks about his life being a paper son, the hardships during this period, family and more. It's very interesting to hear a Chinese immigrant story.
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Informative but not necessarily engaging.
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The story of one man's immigration from China to New York, during the "exclusion era" 1882-1943 and subsequent permanent residence in Boston and New York, under his "paper son" identity. He wrote the book and gave it to his son, providing a rare first-person view into a life that many in this era lived.
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Tung Pok Chin (1915-1988) was born in Tai-shan County in Guangdong, China and emigrated to the U.S. in 1934 as a “paper son” to circumvent the Chinese Exclusion Acts. He worked in laundries during his brief residence in Boston, and later established his own laundry business in Harlem and Brooklyn, New York, with the assistance of the Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance (CHLA). In his spare time, he stud ...more
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