By Sue Fawn Chung
Both a background of an neglected group and a well-rounded reassessment of triumphing assumptions approximately chinese language miners within the American West, In Pursuit of Gold brings to existence in wealthy aspect the area of turn-of-the-century mining cities within the Northwest. Sue Fawn Chung meticulously recreates the lives of chinese language immigrants, miners, retailers, and others who populated those cities and interacted amicably with their white and local American pals, defying the typical notion of nineteenth-century chinese language groups as insular enclaves topic to expanding prejudice and violence.
While such a lot study has concerned about chinese language miners in California, this ebook is the 1st huge examine of chinese language stories within the cities of John Day in Oregon and Tuscarora, Island Mountain, and Gold Creek in Nevada. Chung illustrates the relationships among miners and retailers in the groups and within the higher context of immigration, arguing that the leaders of the chinese language and non-Chinese groups labored jointly to create fiscal interdependence and to short-circuit some of the hostilities and tensions that plagued different mining towns.
Peppered with attention-grabbing information about those groups from the intricacies of chinese language playing video games to the strategies of hydraulic mining, In Pursuit of Gold attracts on a wealth of historic fabrics, together with immigration documents, census manuscripts, felony records, newspapers, memoirs, and manuscript collections. Chung supplementations this old study with worthy first-hand observations of artifacts that she skilled in archaeological digs and recovery efforts at a number of of the websites of the previous booming mining towns.
In transparent, analytical prose, Chung expertly characterizes the stream of chinese language miners into Oregon and Nevada, the heyday in their mining efforts within the area, and the decline of the groups as a result of adjustments within the mining undefined. Highlighting the optimistic reviews and friendships a number of the immigrants had in those quite remoted mining groups, In Pursuit of Gold additionally indicates comparisons with the chinese language diaspora in different destinations reminiscent of British Columbia and South Africa.
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