Lucky Ones One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America

ISBN-10: 0691155321

ISBN-13: 9780691155326

Edition: 2012 (Revised)

Authors: Mae Ngai
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Description: The Lucky Onesuncovers the story of the Tape family in post-gold rush, racially explosive San Francisco. Mae Ngai paints a fascinating picture of how the role of immigration broker allowed patriarch Jeu Dip (Joseph Tape) to both protest and profit from discrimination, and of the Tapes as the first of a new social type--middle-class Chinese Americans.Tape family history illuminates American history. Seven-year-old Mamie attempts to integrate California schools, resulting in the landmark 1885 caseTape v. Hurley. The family's intimate involvement in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair reveals how Chinese American brokers essentially invented Chinatown, and so Chinese culture, for American audiences. Finally,The Lucky Onesreveals aspects--timely, haunting, and hopeful--of the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience for all Americans.This expanded edition features a new preface and a selection of historical documents from the Chinese exclusion era that forms the backdrop to the Tape family's story.

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Author's Note
Tape Family Tree
Maps
trivings (1864-1883)
The Lucky One
The First Rescue
Joseph and Mary
School Days (1884-1894)
"That Chinese Girl"
Chinatown's Frontier
Native Sons and Daughters (1895-1904)
Suburban Squire
Two Marriages
The Chinese Village
The Interpreter Class (1905-1917)
Blood and Fire
In Pursuit of Smugglers
Modern Life
The Trial
"Sailors Should Go Ashore"
Reinventions (1917-1950)
The New Daughter-in-Law
Loss
Service
Epilogue
Glossary of Chinese Names
Acknowledgments
Notes
Appendix: Documents from the Chinese Exclusion Era
Index
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