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On Gold Mountain

About the Book

On Gold Mountain

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.

With these stories and her own years of research, Lisa See chronicles the 100-year-odyssey of her Chinese-American family, a history that encompasses racism, romance, secret marriages, entrepreneurial genius and much more, as two distinctly different cultures meet in a new world.

On Gold Mountain
by Lisa See

  • Publication Date: February 7, 2012
  • Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction
  • Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 0307950395
  • ISBN-13: 9780307950390