The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo by Scott D. SeligmanThe First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo by Scott D. Seligman

The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

byScott D. Seligman

Paperback | March 3, 2013

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Chinese in America endured abuse and discrimination in the late nineteenth century, but they had a leader and a fighter in Wong Chin Foo (1847-1898), whose story is a forgotten chapter in the struggle for equal rights in America. The first to use the term "Chinese American," Wong defended his compatriots against malicious scapegoating and urged them to become Americanized to win their rights. A trailblazer and a born showman who proclaimed himself China's first Confucian missionary to the United States, he founded America's first association of Chinese voters and testified before Congress to get laws that denied them citizenship repealed. Wong challenged Americans to live up to the principles they freely espoused but failed to apply to the Chinese in their midst. This evocative biography is the first book-length account of the life and times of one of America's most famous Chinese-and one of its earliest campaigners for racial equality.
Scott D. Seligman is a writer, a historian, a genealogist, a retired corporate executive and a career "China hand." He holds an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University with distinction in American civilization and a master's degree from Harvard University. Fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese, he lived in Ta...
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Title:The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin FooFormat:PaperbackDimensions:396 pagesPublished:March 3, 2013Publisher:Hong Kong University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9888139908

ISBN - 13:9789888139903

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"Thoroughly researched and elegantly written, Seligman's The First Chinese American is an important contribution to Chinese-American history." -Raymond Lum, Harvard-Yenching Library, Harvard University