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Anderson Tepper…[a] fresh portrait of Chinese immigrants, America and the past century…Ngai…has chosen to write what she calls a "middle-class" history, and while the Tapes' achievements are hard-won and impressive, they remain tinged with a sense of loss. What is the cost of success, the price of this family's "luck"? Where do they ultimately belong? These are questions Ngai only hints at. But while her imagination strains from time to time, trying to flesh out the picture she has wrested from family photographs, official records and various news clippings, this material still yields an absorbing story.
—The New York Times