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On Gold Mountain: The 100-Year Odyssey of a Chinese-American Family Hardcover – Aug 1995


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; First Edition First Printing edition (Aug. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312119976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312119973
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Weaves together fascinating family anecdotes, imaginative details, and the historical details of immigrant life ... Enviably entertaining' Amy Tan 'Astonishing...A comprehensive and exhaustively researched account of a Chinese-American family...that juggles such explosive elements as race, class, tradition, prejudice, poverty, and great wealth in new and relatively unexpected combinations' Los Angeles Times 'Lovingly rendered ... a vivid tableau of a family and an era' People '[See] has done a gallant job of fashioning anecdote, fable and fact into an engaging account' The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Lisa See is the author of the best-selling Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net, The Interior and Dragon Bones, and most recently, Peony in Love. The Organization of Chinese American Women named her the 2001 National Woman of the Year. She lives in Los Angeles. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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FONG Dun Shung hoisted his Gold Mountain bag onto his shoulder and nodded one last time to his wife, daughter, and Number One and Number Four sons. Read the first page
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was going to be another memoir following the craze that has been present for some time. I found this book strayed away from my predictions, it is told in both first and third person which is a refreshing change. And yet this book has not chosen this narrative style to go against the grain but because Lisa See can. I could relate to this book because I am half Chinese and half white, her story had me gripped. But this book is not jst for a limited audience this chronical entertains anyone and everyone with aninterest in history and culture. BRILLIANT
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Rose on 10 May 2009
Format: Paperback
As usual Lisa See's book combines fantastic insight into the Chinese culture and with this one her family history is explored. Very different to her others books inasmuch as it is much more of a factual book but cleverly inter-twined with a fictional side. Difficult to explain but great to read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GlasgowGirl on 12 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
On Gold Mountain follows the See family from their early years in China to settling in America. It is a facinating read about the struggles faced by the family in their quest to earn money and fit into the Western society and touches on the traditions still kept up in an attempt not to loose their heritage.
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By Martha B. Spencer on 14 Jan. 2008
Format: Paperback
I've just finished reading this for the second time. It is fascinating reading on so many levels. First, there is the economic success story of an enterprising Chinese man and his multiple wives and multiple families.

Fong See and Letticie Prewitt entered into a marriage contract in California at the turn of the 20th century when marriage between Asians and other races was forbidden. They had a family of five children and became extremely successful dealers in Chinese antiques. Fong See was the shrewd entrepreneur and Ticie was the heart and brains.

This is their story and the story of their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It is a very timely book for the present with all the controversy surrounding current immigration and the bias against Mexican immigrants.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed another of her books 'the snow flower and the secret fan' so when I saw this book I downloaded. There is a lot of history/facts to take in but all set the background on how many Chinese people left their old way of life to make their fortune in America. They found there was not a pot of gold on every street, and they often faced prejudice. Lisa See writes from the view point of her ancestors which is quite strange at first but which gives the book an interesting dimension. I have her other two books Shanghai girls and dreams of joy on my to read pile already.
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By jean on 31 Jan. 2013
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have not finished it yet. very much a family story and keeps you interested. having family photos is also interesting. one also learns a bit about the history of the chinese when they imigrated into america- appear to have been treated with little accceptance - only as a lower member of society. one supposes that this is the case for any influx of a different nationality into another country, and that it takes one or two generations before they are really setttled, and part of that new country.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This was a fascinating, true story of a Chinese family arriving in Los Angeles & their story down several generations building a business empire but still very much maintaining their Chinese family ethos (there were one or two exceptions). A jolly good read about something I knew absolutely nothing about & therefore very refreshing. Pleasantly & pleasingly told although quite detailed. The author is Lisa See.
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I like the author Lisa See and have read most of her books. this was one I gave to my mother, my daughter, we and keep passing it on. It is a wonderfully written saga about a family and their history which takes you to another time and culture. It has been many years since I read this but going to order again preferably in Hardback so I don't part with it ... This time!
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