In 1867, Lisa See’s great-great-grandfather arrived in America, where he prescribed herbal remedies to immigrant laborers who were treated little better than slaves. His son Fong See later built a mercantile empire and married a Caucasian woman, in spite of laws that prohibited unions between the races. And Lisa herself grew up playing in her family’s antiques store in Los Angeles’s Chinatown, listening to stories of missionaries and prostitutes, movie stars and all-Chinese baseball teams.
Out of these stories and years of research she has constructed a sweeping chronicle of a Chinese-Amercian family on “Gold Mountain,” the Chinese name for the United States. Encompassing racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, On Gold Mountain is a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world, beautifully written and abounding with intimate recognitions. Published in 1996, 394 pages.
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