The Fortunes

The Fortunes

Book - 2016
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A community survives as much through love as blood. Ah Ling, son of a prostitute and a white man, is sent from his homeland to make his way alone in California; he rises to valet for a powerful railroad baron and unwittingly ignites an explosion in Chinese labor. Anna May Wong, the first Chinese film star in Hollywood, is forbidden to kiss a white man on screen; she must find her place between two worlds and two cultures. The death of Vincent Chin, aspiring all-American, becomes the symbol for a community roused to action in the face of hatred. John Ling Smith, half-Chinese, visits China for the first time to adopt a baby girl; there he sees the long history of both cultures coming together in the spark of a new century.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
ISBN: 9780544263703
0544263707
Branch Call Number: FIC DAVIES, PETER
Characteristics: 268 pages ; 24 cm

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andrea.klock
Jun 28, 2017

An insightful range of stories of Chinese-Americans from the hopefuls arriving for the gold rush, to modern issues of race and identity. While seemingly disconnected upon their initial expositions, the four parts work beautifully together to weave a narrative of identity and what it means to be Chinese and American.

A lovely read, highly recommended for history enthusiasts.

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uncommonreader
Jun 10, 2017

Davies chronicles the Chinese American experience from the mid-19th century to the present day through four stories. The first three are imaginative re-imaginings of the lives of three Chinese orphans - a railway worker, a film star and a young man whose murder brings together the American Asian community. The final story is of a writer who has gone with his wife to China to adopt an orphan and who, it is revealed, has written the other stories. An interesting, timely and enjoyable book about disconnection.

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brangwinn
Feb 05, 2017

In the stories of 4 Chinese Americans, Peter Ho Davies has create a story of the Chinese in America. The stories can be read as stand-alone books, as there is no relationship between the characters, but by picking and choosing what you read, the meaning of the books will be missed, that of not fitting in.

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