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University of California Press
Sweet Bamboo: A Memoir of a Chinese American Family / Edition 1

Sweet Bamboo: A Memoir of a Chinese American Family / Edition 1


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ISBN-13: 9780520230781
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 253
Sales rank: 890,483
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Louise Leung Larson (1905-1988) became the first Asian American reporter for a major American newspaper, the Los Angeles Record, in 1926 at the age of 21. She later wrote for the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, San Francisco News, Chicago Daily Times, and Santa Monica Evening Outlook.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Situating Sweet Bamboo in Chinese American Historyvii
Foreword to the First Editionxvii
China Beginnings
1Mama's Childhood3
2Mama's Girlhood9
3Betrothal and Marriage12
4Papa Goes to Gold Mountain20
Goodbye to Sweet Bamboo
5Goodbye to Sweet Bamboo29
6Ninth and Olive34
7Lillie's Birth39
8Mama, the Women's Liberationist43
9Intrigue at Olive Street49
Growing Up
10Growing Up61
11Lessons--Chinese and Music68
12More Leungs Are Born73
13Papa Gets Arrested77
14Holiday Celebrations81
15Planning and Building89
16Furnishing and Moving In95
17Early Days at Pico101
18From Gee Sook to Beatty106
Chinese Americans
19The World's Fair115
21Music and Tennis127
22Race Prejudice131
23Food as Ritual136
24Our Peerless Car141
25E Sow149
26Papa Goes to China154
27William's Diary159
28Lillie's Marriage164
Hard Times
29Papa as a Tong Member169
30Papa's Death172
31Hard Times180
32Mama the Matriarch186
34World War II197
35After the War205
36End of an Era210
Postscript: Return to Sweet Bamboo219
Mamie Louise Leung Larson225
The Tom Leung Family Tree228

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