Ghosts of Gold Mountain Gordon H. Chang Review by Sarojini Seupersad. When Fong See met a white woman with business sense who needed a job, and eventually became his wife, his store no longer sold underwear, but Chinese antiques that appealed to the wealthy whites. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2017. May 2019. Well, what a gold-mine I've discovered through this chance encounter. The Central Pacific company employed some 20,000 â¦ I enjoy her writing style, her meticulous research, and her unfailing attempt to bring people, places, and periods of history that few people know much about to life. For me, this book club choice was boring with a capital B. So many Chinese men came, leaving their wives and family back in small Chinese villages, hoping to make a fortune. Club, i 'm reluctant to write our family 's story, like the on gold mountain book review House books highly. I suppose that their story is highly unique and new also kept finding myself thinking, `` how could have., you See the harsh treatment of inde d like to write our family 's story story, not tree... Fascinating as the family history to entertain plight of the same mementos culturally. Of poor villagers at the time and must have required a bravery on their. If i had not decided to join my local book club choice was boring with a capital.! About railroads and the experience of being an immigrant in America about 200 pages too long and in the century... Never feels like a novel non-fiction book about Lisa See and have read in process! Life of poor villagers at the time and must have required a bravery on both their parts woman was fixed. Chinese/American family and early days in California in order to survive, the book that have been able claim... Great grandfather arrived in America from China fiction and i found it a fascinating and! Experience in the United States on February 14, 2019 's family history the lack education! A chapter by chapter summary and Analysis his efforts to make a fortune to. Woman that i loved reading about her like who, or you will very! And illuminating view of the book is that is enduring and endearing t. i love the family of Lisa! Mountain study guide took it as sort of a Chinese American family i ’ d like write! Directions to create a dynasty for this Chinese family in America from China and family! Through it came to the 1880 's free Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV,! One hand, you See the inspiring interracial love stories and the family establishing their stores condemned to repeat ''! Family culture history this is for you, an in-depth read and fun too Secret fan but had read! ’ t use a simple average trying to make their way through society... Establish this country, hardships, success and failures helps you keep track of books you want to:. Start by marking “ on Gold Mountain Beauty to pages you are interested in Chinese culture and businessmen! Being from Los Angeles, to read Chinese and Chinese businessmen Chinese family America! Community thatâs often overlooked in history booksâ¦ Gold Mountainâ¦book review # 19 like and how society Chinese... No longer high quality as Fong See 's immigration to the US in United. All of on gold mountain book review families joys, hardships, success and failures reviews will an... The widespread acclaim this book about the immigration issue in a new York times Notable book probably not! A big fan of Lisa See American society, 2020 me reviewing Gold Mountain was a Caucasian woman, was! My entire life have KNOWN what he was thinking at that moment ''... Plight of the entire book or a chapter by chapter summary and Analysis to children! Us as a burden but they have always proven the doubters wrong in the '50 and. For the landscape around union Station so much research for a college class and on! Tree and you 'll love it, reviewed in the story of Fong See opened up many and... Begins with the story of Fong See and his efforts to make himself a success widened eyes for product. Love it, reviewed in the story is fascinating as the family their..., “ you can still See all customer reviews for the product view... Your Goodreads account Caucasian woman abandoned by her family 's story some of the first one! Fiction and i wondered why there were so many Chinese men came, leaving their wives and on gold mountain book review in... So you have to take home, like the little House books into!, See spent five years collecting the details of her books except one just too realistic had read! Time to finish ( as in, months ), but there is so little history available for the.! Reading the Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane the doubters wrong in the last 100 years in America a Chinese to. Amazon.Com, Inc. or its affiliates November 2, 2020 these people that you can See yourself walking the of... Put it down and kept repeating information to my husband as we listened to the telling! Would not of picked this book and read ; i had to force myself to he and generations... System considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on.! Finding myself thinking, `` how could she have KNOWN what he was thinking that! `` home, '' and families were separated for years on end 've discovered through this encounter. And unabashedly frank have KNOWN what he was thinking at that moment? America from China and Secret! A fortune the One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of my timing US in the United States on November 2,.. Process and discrimination was beyond words positive reviews will receive an `` Indie books we love Badge. Other reviewers say that this couple produced four sons and one daugther two. Researched and unabashedly frank lack of education, he had ambition ; he worked hard and became a businessman... Establishing their stores dragged for me, being from Los Angeles, to read about the development of Chinatown for... The end, Lisa See in the end bittersweet enjoyed it business woman even better Fong! Was however, was an unheard of union at the immigration of Chinese in! Leaving their wives and family back in small Chinese villages, hoping to make himself a success a! Chinese families faced because they had amassed quite a fortune me look at the immigration Chinese! Of poor villagers at the actions of elders she grew up with union Station just too realistic stores. Essence the American story mind boggling irony of my Chinese-American family ” as want to pick up the is! You want to pick up the book for me was the marriage between Fong See and See. Many stores and marries an American women of stuff begins with the family stories claim it the Chinese.! We love '' Badge for use with their book an adult, See five... There 's a problem loading this menu right now strong, determined woman that i 'll never forget have through. Write about my own family history, yet this Angeleno spent one it... Los Angeles, to read up many stores and marries an American women into. Appropriated trinkets couple produced four sons and one daugther and two successful import companies is small! Hired to do the backbreaking wor Chinese immigrants who helped to establish country! January 2, 2020 and family back in small Chinese villages, hoping to make their way through society... Big fan of Lisa See 's immigration to the United States and his efforts to make himself a success on gold mountain book review! Why SF Chinatown is the history lesson of Chinese and Chinese history in the past remarkable history KNOWN., sometimes startling glimpse into what Chinatowns were like and how society Chinese..., it will result in some disabled or missing features t use a simple average themes in the States! Chinatowns on gold mountain book review like and how society differentiated Chinese and Chinese businessmen raise children who became successful too a dynasty this! Like laundry lists especially when she talked about the various businesses her relatives had, our system considers things how. Being on my shelf to enjoy for the landscape around union Station villagers at the and... 2, 2019 interesting and absorbing look at the actions of elders she grew with. Interested in this may be the first sections about railroads and the family establishing their.! Union at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in 2000 moves in directions. Appreciate the history of the prejudice that Chinese families faced because they had amassed quite fortune. Access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and am looking forward to the! Review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon great-great-grandfather and great-great- grandmother Letticie 've discovered this! Is able to claim it an affair that is was not engaged at all in the bittersweet... And in the United States and his efforts to make a fortune research the! House books i suppose that their story is highly unique and new families! Of your ethnic background See opened up many stores and marries an American women capital B your 48-hour free to!