Lisa See, the author of Shanghai Girls and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan tells her family’s story in On Gold Mountain. In 1867, her great-great-grandfather arrived in America and set up shop prescribing herbal remedies to immigrant laborers. Her grandfather was a successful businessman who 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. It’s a fascinating story, one that encompasses racism, romance, secret marriages, entrepreneurial genius, and much more, as two distinctly different cultures meet in a new world.
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