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On Gold Mountain by Lisa See
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Mar 12, 10

Read in February, 2010

Long but spellbinding true story of a Chinese immigrant to the US in the 19th century told by his great granddaughter. The patriarch works on the railroad that was being built from California east to Utah where the eastern tracks were joined with the western to create the first cross country railroad. Too smart to be just coolie labor, he becomes a merchant fairly quickly, then soon expands his business to sveral shops and factories. Along the way, he and succeeding generations marry white American girls. The mixed family remains in Chinatown. Lots of interesting history told along with the family stories. Visits to China take in the life of poor villagers at the turn of the 20th century. This book was my cup of tea.
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