Chinatown Family (Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the Americas)
Yutang Lin, Cheng Lok ChuaISBN: 0813539145;
Lin Yutang(1895-1976), author of more than thirty-five books, was arguably the most distinguished Chinese American writer of the twentieth century. In Chinatown Family, he brings humor and wisdom to issues of culture, race, and religion as he tells the engrossing and heart-warming story of an immigrant, working-class Chinese American family that settled in New York City during the 1930s and 1940s. Tracing their sometimes troubled and sometimes rewarding journey, Lin paints a vivid portrait of the wonder and the woe of settling into a new land. In an era when interracial marriages were frowned upon and it was forbidden for working-class Chinese men to bring their families to America, this story shows how one family struggled to become new Americans by applying their Taoist philosophy to peacefully resist discriminatory laws and the racism that they encountered. Beyond the quest for acceptance and economic success, Chinatown Family also probes deep into the heart of the immigration...
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