Adult/High School Another look at the forced migration of Chinese people to the Americas in the 19th century. Ah Lung is happy with his wife, Bo See, and his whole family as they raise silkworms and sell the fiber. In the marketplace one day, he is kidnapped, and eventually transported to an island off Peru to work in the guano mines. The story is told alternately from the point of view of husband and wife. Ah Lung tells of life on a slave ship, an attempted mutiny, backbreaking labor, and his efforts to learn enough Spanish to facilitate an escape. Bo See keeps the family business going and contrives a way to raise an additional generation of worms in order to save enough for a ransom. The strong emotional ties between the pair are evident, and their combined narratives make for a good read. This tale of human struggle told in the context of a little-known piece of history will be most appealing to serious older teens and to those seeking stories reflecting their families' non-European experiences.-Sarah Flowers, Santa Clara County Library, CA
A Chinese man's struggle to survive the little-known Pacific slave trade.
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Meet the Author
Ruthanne Lum McCunn, of Scottish and Chinese ancestry, is the author of the classic Thousand Pieces of Gold (Design Enterprises, 1981, reissued by Beacon, 2004; over 200,000 copies sold); as well as the novels The Moon Pearl (Beacon 2000) and Wooden Fish Songs (Dutton 1995). She lives in San Francisco.
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