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Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World

by Paul Yee

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  tmquitshaw | Dec 26, 2011 |
This was actually a pretty neat collection of fairy tales. The short stories are written to reflect the lives of the first generation of Chinese, who came to North America to work in the 19th century. They combine the beliefs and traditional folklore of China with American history and practices to make a new set of tales. Simon Ng's accompanying paintings share this synthesis of East and West. Highly recommended, especially for fans of "updated" fairy tales. ( )
  makaiju | May 29, 2009 |
The paintings in this book are gorgeous, but the text isn't the best--the author sometimes uses vocabulary words beyond the complexity of the stories, and not particularly useful ones (bated breath? really?). Still, the book covers a nice selection of immigrant experiences. I agree with the previous reviewer--more of library book than a purchase, unless you really want the illustrations, which are the highlight of the book. ( )
  starryharlequin | May 23, 2009 |
A collection of fictional tales of the Chinese in the new world. I believe it is centered in Canada as opposed to North America. Short, fun little tales at about a 8-12 year level. Recommend as a library check out - not something I would purchase. ( )
  autumnesf | May 20, 2008 |
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Eight original stories give readers a sense of the hardships faced by the first Chinese-Americans. In "Spirits of the Railway," a young man appeases the ghosts of dead railroad workers who were never properly buried. In "Forbidden Fruit," a father's prejudice keeps his daughter from marrying her beloved. Dramatic illustrations accompany the stories. "The brief, pithy tales strikingly reflect traditional Chinese beliefs and customs in New World circumstances. . . . A book not to miss."-- Booklist Starred Review

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A collection of eight stories reflecting the gritty optimism of the Chinese who overcame prejudice and adversity to build a unique place for themselves in North America.

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