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Photos of the Tepe Family from The Lucky Ones
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Joseph Tape with his hunting rifle and bird dogs, San Francisco, c. 1880s
The Tape family (Joseph, Emily, Mamie, Frank, Mary), 1884
Mamie with children, Emily and Harold, and sister Emily, Portland, 1912
Ruby Tape, 1912
Gertrude and husband Herbert, Sunol, California, 1913
Gertrude with Florence Park and daughters, Pacific Grove, c. 1915
Mae Ngai tells the story of individuals and generations of the family of Jeu Dip.
I recommend this book highly as a most interesting description of one American Family's immigration and personal experiences with the "American Dream".
Though the book is well researched, the focus on the people make this a "good read" and not dry like a history text.
I don't understand who "the lucky ones" were: Certainly not the Tape family members individually, or as a whole ... Read morePublished on January 18, 2012 by Anne Salazar
I have taught Chinese ESOL students for a few years now and there are always questions about how the first Chinese immigrants came here. Where did fortune cookies come from? Read morePublished on October 26, 2011 by Lynn Ellingwood
Ngai has assembled a compact and coherent saga of the Chinese immigrants into the United States over the 1800s. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by Orville B. Jenkins
I wholeheartily agree with every positive review regarding this excellent book. Well written and well told. A pleasure to read.
Pros: The book! Read more
Many people know of Chinese immigrants coming to work as cheap labor during the construction of the transcontinental railroad but what is their story? What happened after that? Dr. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Tetsu Uma
No question, the family of Jeu Dip (Joseph Tape) and Mary McGladrey Tape was no Joy Luck Club. Whatever their internal family conflicts, the Tapes had plenty of difficulty facing... Read morePublished on February 17, 2011 by Alyssa A. Lappen
As a Chinese American, it is really great to see someone document stories of Asian American families. Read morePublished on January 28, 2011 by Kacheek
Asian-Americans have long walked a difficult tightrope in American life. Author Ngai deftly uses her chosen family to explore the experience of middle class (for lack of a better... Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by E. A. Montgomery
And it's not a pretty story. They had an incredibly difficult time of it. The racially motivated era of Chinese exclusion lasted from 1882 to 1943, and during that time they were... Read morePublished on December 16, 2010 by Elaine Campbell