On Gold Mountain by Lisa See
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On Gold Mountain Summary
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 prohibiting interracial marriage. 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 Chinese baseball teams.
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"Lovingly rendered. ... A vivid tableau of a family and an era." - People
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Lisa See Author Biography
Lisa See was born in Paris in 1955 but grew up in Los Angeles, spending much of her
time in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year
Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family, was a national bestseller and a New
York Times Notable Book of 1995. The book traces the journey of Lisa's
great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the
100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles's Chinatown and the patriarch of a
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