Cantonese people: Bruce Lee, Wong Fei-hung, Yip Man, Leslie Cheung, Linda Chung, Yi Jianlian, Leon Lai, Andy Lau, Ma Sicong, Shirley Kwan

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Wong Fei Hung, Yi Jianlian, Ma Sicong, Chen Yi, Brandon Lee, Loke Yew, Peng Pai, Huineng, Candy Lo, William Ng, Karena Lam, Debra Wong Yang, Xian Xinghai, Yeung Kwong, Ah Ken, Bow Kum, Wong Yan Lung, Frederick Fung, Alan Leong, Ng Ming Yam, Keuh Agong, Albert Lai, Wong Kei-Ying, Albert Au, Ye Xiaogang, Tsae A-Ko, Peter Lei, ...

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Wong Fei Hung, Yi Jianlian, Ma Sicong, Chen Yi, Brandon Lee, Loke Yew, Peng Pai, Huineng, Candy Lo, William Ng, Karena Lam, Debra Wong Yang, Xian Xinghai, Yeung Kwong, Ah Ken, Bow Kum, Wong Yan Lung, Frederick Fung, Alan Leong, Ng Ming Yam, Keuh Agong, Albert Lai, Wong Kei-Ying, Albert Au, Ye Xiaogang, Tsae A-Ko, Peter Lei, Antonio Ng, Liang Dao Ming, Au Kam San, Thomas Yu, Cheung Man Yee. Excerpt: Ah Ken Ah Ken (fl. 1858-1896) was a Chinese American businessman and popular figure in Chinatown, Manhattan during the mid-to late 19th century. The first man to permanently immigrate to Chinatown, although Quimbo Appo is claimed to have arrived in the area during the 1840s, Ah Ken resided on Mott Street and eventually founded a successful cigar store on Park Row . He first arrived in New York around 1858 where he was "probably one of those Chinese mentioned in gossip of the sixties as peddling 'awful' cigars at three cents apiece from little stands along the City Hall park fence - offering a paper spill and a tiny oil lamp as a lighter" according to author Alvin Harlow in Old Bowery Days: The Chronicles of a Famous Street (1931). Later immigrants would similarly find work as "cigar men" or carrying billboards and Ah Ken's particular success encouraged cigar makers William Longford, John Occoo and John Ava to also ply their trade in Chinatown eventually forming a monopoly on the cigar trade. It has been speculated that it may have been Ah Kam who kept a small boarding house on lower Mott Street and rented out bunks to the first Chinese immigrants to arrive in Chinatown. It was with the profits he earned as a landlord, earning an average of $100 a month, that he was able to open his Park Row smoke shop around which modern-day Chinatown would grow. Ah Ken is briefly mentioned in the 20...

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  • ISBN-13: 9781155166407
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Pages: 84
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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