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Samfow: The San Joaquin Chinese Legacy Paperback – November 1, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0944194102 ISBN-10: 0944194109
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  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage West Books (November 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944194109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944194102
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,253,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2003
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I found this book highly informative. I have been trying to research my family and learned that my great-grandfather helped to build the railroads and census records show that my great-grandmother was born in California. This made me go back and read "Samfow: The San Joaquin Chinese Legacy," a book I purchased 8 years before in Stockton where I had grown up (but thankfully not born in). After reading this book, I understand the significance of Stockton for immigrating Chinese. I can also understand why some of my relatives never spoke of their earlier experiences in this country, especially those that immigrated here. I had not realized how many restrictions were placed upon this one ethnic group and not on others and how they were treated as less than human. Now I also understand why some relatives had to resort to whatever means they could to gain residence here and some were quite humorous. They weren't even allowed to become naturalized citizens until the repeal of the exclusion act in 1943 and only because China became a US ally during WWII. This book has opened my eyes to many of the many revered and upstanding citizens of San Joaquin County, for whom buildings and parks have been named after. Many of them participated heavily in the Anti-Chinese campaigns which sought to expel all Chinese from the area through boycotts which entailed fines or jail time if violated or through violent means. I am amazed at how much "dirty history" is kept hidden from the history books. One such example is Laura de Force-Gordon (1838-1907), one of the first women admitted to the California Bar and a staunch suffragette. She spearheaded the Non Partisan Anti-Chinese League movement in San Joaquin county in 1886. There is no mention of this in her biographies.Read more ›
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By jh5 on August 24, 2014
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