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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (August 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738550183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738550183
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chinese American author Josephine Tsui Yueh Lee has lived most of her life in the New York metropolitan area. She holds a master of arts from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she studied international affairs. A member of the Organization of Chinese Americans and the University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network, Lee speaks Cantonese and has traveled throughout many Chinese communities in the United States and around the world.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie L. Tom on October 13, 2009
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I found this book to be very informative on the
history of NYC's Chinatown the pictures are
just beautiful, & tells a story of a very old
culture.
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By J Wong on August 10, 2012
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I recently discovered the Arcadia Publishing series of books picturing neighborhoods around America. This book shows the Chinatown of my grandparents, that of my childhood and that of post-1960s immigration. The author does a nice job of weaving family stories from the photos included--in many ways, my family's stories. What fun seeing pictures of the restaurants we went to and the church we were baptized in. I've reviewed the (complex) family tree my brother made and am now inspired to preserve the slides my father has from his young adulthood (1940s). I also bought the series's "Manhattan's Chinatown" postcards of old Chinatown, and imagine my paternal grandfather's store on Doyers St.
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The captions are lovingly written for photos ranging from a century ago to today, many of which are hard to find. Many aspects of New York's rich Chinatown history are explored, although it typically fixates on the daily life and away from the gorier or more political aspects.

The writing and photography selection show a deep understanding of the Chinese-American experience on the part of the author making this work a great way for any American-born Chinese to reconnect or for a researcher to gain a substantive yet personal insight into the subject matter.

My only complaint is that as the book moves forward into the modern era, it moves from a larger scope to one zooming in on only one or two families - which in many ways fails to show the greatest changes made to Chinatown in the past 25 years. However, I can also understand the author had limited time and reach to secure more recent material.

This book is comprehensive, especially regarding early Chinatown history, and makes for a very breezy but immersive ready for any audience, no matter the age.
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