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On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family | [Lisa See]

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.
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Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.

The result is a vivid, sweeping family portrait in the tradition of Alex Haley's Roots that is at once particular and universal, telling the story not only of one family, but of the Chinese people in America itself, a country that both welcomes and reviles immigrants like no other culture in the world. On Gold Mountain was a national best seller and a New York Times Notable Book.

©1996 Lisa See (P)2011 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"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." (The Los Angeles Times)

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    William Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-08-12
    William Sugar Land, TX, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    More like a text book than a novel. Interesting, but I was looking more for a story.


    Was On Gold Mountain worth the listening time?

    I didn't finish.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 09-26-12
    Victoria Provo, UT, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2008

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    Insights onto the lives of Chinese in the USA. Detailed research. A fascinating story of a family tree. But I really missed Lisa See's enchanting language which she is so good with! Of course, one has to remember that this is more like a documentary work of literature, not a novel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine A. Savage Southern CA 10-30-12
    Catherine A. Savage Southern CA 10-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story! I couldn't stop listening."
    If you could sum up On Gold Mountain in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing story! Not only was it well told, but I learned so much about the Chinese culture. It gave me a better understanding of what immigrants face coming to our country.


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    While at times slow, this story was interesting and tells the true story of a family who lived during such an interesting time. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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    Jeanne Massachusetts 06-11-13
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    This was a wonderful work of fiction with the story of Chinese coming to California.

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