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Last Boat Out of Shanghai brings a poignant personal angle to the experiences of refugees then and, by extension, today. “Zia’s portraits are compassionate and heartbreaking, and they are, ultimately, the universal story of many ...

Author: Helen Zia

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 9780525618867

Category: History

Page: 544

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The dramatic real life stories of four young people caught up in the mass exodus of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist revolution—a heartrending precursor to the struggles faced by emigrants today. “A true page-turner . . . [Helen] Zia has proven once again that history is something that happens to real people.”—New York Times bestselling author Lisa See NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR AND THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR • FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY Shanghai has historically been China’s jewel, its richest, most modern and westernized city. The bustling metropolis was home to sophisticated intellectuals, entrepreneurs, and a thriving middle class when Mao’s proletarian revolution emerged victorious from the long civil war. Terrified of the horrors the Communists would wreak upon their lives, citizens of Shanghai who could afford to fled in every direction. Seventy years later, members of the last generation to fully recall this massive exodus have revealed their stories to Chinese American journalist Helen Zia, who interviewed hundreds of exiles about their journey through one of the most tumultuous events of the twentieth century. From these moving accounts, Zia weaves together the stories of four young Shanghai residents who wrestled with the decision to abandon everything for an uncertain life as refugees in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the United States. Benny, who as a teenager became the unwilling heir to his father’s dark wartime legacy, must decide either to escape to Hong Kong or navigate the intricacies of a newly Communist China. The resolute Annuo, forced to flee her home with her father, a defeated Nationalist official, becomes an unwelcome exile in Taiwan. The financially strapped Ho fights deportation from the U.S. in order to continue his studies while his family struggles at home. And Bing, given away by her poor parents, faces the prospect of a new life among strangers in America. The lives of these men and women are marvelously portrayed, revealing the dignity and triumph of personal survival. Herself the daughter of immigrants from China, Zia is uniquely equipped to explain how crises like the Shanghai transition affect children and their families, students and their futures, and, ultimately, the way we see ourselves and those around us. Last Boat Out of Shanghai brings a poignant personal angle to the experiences of refugees then and, by extension, today. “Zia’s portraits are compassionate and heartbreaking, and they are, ultimately, the universal story of many families who leave their homeland as refugees and find less-than-welcoming circumstances on the other side.”—Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club
2019-01-22 By Helen Zia

Why did these women look like two refugee Chinese peasants on the last boat
out of Shanghai ? He almost expected a pair of ducks to waddle in from around
the edge of the couch to stand quacking by the two ragged bundles that would be

Author: Natalie A. McKelvy


ISBN: UOM:39015057644794

Category: Fiction

Page: 279

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Warren and Sara are in love-in a California kind of way. he fries chicken for his dad's catering service;she designs displays. Other stories-My Dad is 14-years old-Limp and lifeless - Kessler.

... when my mother left with their middle sister on the last boat out of Shanghai. Using my elementary Chinese, I struggled to communicate with Auntie Li, ...

Author: Helen Zia

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1429980850

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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The fascinating story of the rise of Asian Americans as a politically and socially influential racial group This groundbreaking book is about the transformation of Asian Americans from a few small, disconnected, and largely invisible ethnic groups into a self-identified racial group that is influencing every aspect of American society. It explores the junctures that shocked Asian Americans into motion and shaped a new consciousness, including the murder of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American, by two white autoworkers who believed he was Japanese; the apartheid-like working conditions of Filipinos in the Alaska canneries; the boycott of Korean American greengrocers in Brooklyn; the Los Angeles riots; and the casting of non-Asians in the Broadway musical Miss Saigon. The book also examines the rampant stereotypes of Asian Americans. Helen Zia, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was born in the 1950s when there were only 150,000 Chinese Americans in the entire country, and she writes as a personal witness to the dramatic changes involving Asian Americans. Written for both Asian Americans -- the fastest-growing population in the United States -- and non-Asians, Asian American Dreams argues that America can no longer afford to ignore these emergent, vital, and singular American people.
2000-03-09 By Helen Zia

... thanks to his meticulous research. After a hundred and fifty years, this book sets the record straight.” —HELEN ZIA, author of Last Boat out of Shanghai ...

Author: Gordon H. Chang

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9781328618610

Category: History

Page: 320

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“Gripping . . . Chang has accomplished the seemingly impossible . . . He has written a remarkably rich, human, and compelling story of the railroad Chinese.” — Peter Cozzens, Wall Street Journal A groundbreaking, breathtaking history of the Chinese workers who built the Transcontinental Railroad, helping to forge modern America only to disappear into the shadows of history until now From across the sea, they came by the thousands, escaping war and poverty in southern China to seek their fortunes in America. Converging on the enormous western worksite of the Transcontinental Railroad, the migrants spent years dynamiting tunnels through the snow-packed cliffs of the Sierra Nevada and laying tracks across the burning Utah desert. Their sweat and blood fueled the ascent of an interlinked, industrial United States. But those of them who survived this perilous effort would suffer a different kind of death: a historical one, as they were pushed first to the margins of American life and then to the fringes of public memory. In this groundbreaking account, award-winning scholar Gordon H. Chang draws on unprecedented research to recover the Chinese railroad workers’ stories and celebrate their role in remaking America. An invaluable correction of a great historical injustice, The Ghosts of Gold Mountain returns these “silent spikes” to their rightful place in our national saga. “The lived experience of the Railroad Chinese has long been elusive . . . Chang’s book is a moving effort to recover their stories and honor their indispensable contribution to the building of modern America.” — New York Times
2019-05-07 By Gordon H. Chang

This book sparks joy! It vivifies 'creativity as resistance' and everyday activism in ways that will add depth and breadth to the transdisciplinary study of social movements and social justice."--Vickie Nam, editor of YELL-Oh Girls!

Author: Mai-Linh K. Hong


ISBN: 0520383990

Category: COVID-19 (Disease)

Page: 274

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"The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice is a community manifesto of essays, poems, recipes, and art describing people who stepped up in the absence of government leadership. In March 2020, when the US government failed to provide personal protective equipment in the face of COVID-19, the Auntie Sewing Squad emerged to meet a critical need--sewing masks--and to critique the US government failure to protect the public's health. Led primarily by Asian American women and other women of color, including some who learned to sew from refugee mothers and grandmothers working in sweatshops, the Auntie Sewing Squad openly tells a history of exploited immigrant labor, while turning it on its head. The Auntie Sewing Squad became a cadre of dispersed mask-sewers who nimbly funneled masks to asylum seekers, indigenous communities, incarcerated people, and many others in need of protection. Sewing masks became a way not only to meet a public health need, but also to come together in mutual aid and to support cross-racial solidarity and political action in a moment of social upheaval"--

And mother has said that she sailed out on the last boat out of Shanghai just
before it fell and left behind her entire family ( 39 ) . Yau's mother and father ,
whom Yau has described as " half - English and halfChinese , ” spoke
Shanghaiese to ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105112940205

Category: American literature


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2001 By

We are once again living with the Potts who will stick it out at St. John's until the
end . ... I was told later by our mission businessman , Carl Gilson , that our
purchased items were shipped on the last boat out of Shanghai to the United
States .

Author: John J. Morrett


ISBN: UOM:39015032760525

Category: Bataan (Philippines : Province), Battle of, 1942

Page: 312

View: 530

1993 By John J. Morrett

EF : When did your parents leave China ? JY : 1949 . EF : At the crucial moment .
JY : Yes , I mean as far as I know . My father has never talked about it , won't . And
my mother has said that she sailed out on the last boat out of Shanghai just ...

Author: Edward Halsey Foster

Publisher: Talisman House Pub

ISBN: UOM:39015032181177

Category: Poetry

Page: 174

View: 775


My parents said they took the last boat out of Shanghai as the Red Army was
entering the city . My four older brothers and sisters were already studying at
midwestern universities , and after a brief sojourn in Hong Kong and Taiwan , my

Author: John Kuo Wei Tchen


ISBN: UOM:39076002014236

Category: History

Page: 385

View: 954

"This fascinating book by Professor Tchen is required reading for anyone interested in the history of New York City." -- Dolores Hayden, author of The Power of Place

Being the Story of the Teakwood Boat Over the Viking Trail Frederic De Witt Wells
. —---_*_*-** **-*** * -- -- half mile out, which had given the first crushing blow,

Author: Frederic De Witt Wells

Publisher: New York : Minton, Balch

ISBN: MINN:31951001678910E

Category: America

Page: 244

View: 356


Our boats won ' t last for ever . The Chairman : — The question of building a boat
arose in 1915 Mr . Gundry : - Yes . We had a smaller boat in view then . But now a
larger one is necessary . We have to go seven or eight miles out , and with a ...

Author: Shanghai General Chamber of Commerce


ISBN: STANFORD:36105071018704



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... in China Map — Shanghai 1941-1945 Introduction Halcyon Days While Storm
Clouds Gather The Shanghai Volunteer Corps The Badlands Showing the Flag
for Empire 8'“ December 1941 Last Boat out of China The 55 President Harrison

Author: Greg Leck


ISBN: UOM:49015003401248

Category: Aliens

Page: 738

View: 564

Captives of Empire is the definitive history of the Japanese internment of Allied civilians in China, 1941-1945. There are over 650 scarce and rare illustrations, 20 maps, a detailed index and an extensive bibliography of published and non published sources. Also included is a complete list of the 13,544 internees held in China and Hong Kong, with detailed biographical information, compiled from scores of sources and the only such published database of its kind in the world. Covered are the lives of Westerners in the prewar world of the Treaty Ports, the shock and dismay of the Japanese invasion, life under the occupation, life in the camps, and the aftermath of the war. This book would be of interest to anyone whose family was in China or those interested in the history of Westerners in China.
2006 By Greg Leck

Arrived out . Arrived in London 11 12 15 Tonron 10 . 12 Sarawak 18 10 93 23 14
Latest Advics . that potentate seems to ... To Shanghai . Admiral Steen Bille to get
the boats clear . We got out the long boat and gig . There was and Secretary .



ISBN: BSB:BSB10486600



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1864 By

know how to turn off the machine that makes the whipped cream so I'm spraying
the whole counter with whipped ... Somehow Lacy got on the last boat out of
Trieste . It was sailing for Shanghai . So there we were for ten years in Shanghai .

Author: Robin Hirsch


ISBN: UOM:39015034280498

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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Robin Hirsch was born in London during the Blitz, to German Jews who had escaped Hitler. Coming of age in postwar England with German-speaking parents, he learned very quickly the ironies of survival - his best friend at school, an English Jew, at the age of six called him a Nazi. In these memoirs, which span more than fifty years and which shift from Berlin to Brooklyn, from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires, from Shanghai to West Virginia, from Jerusalem to Beverly Hills, Hirsch wrestles with his ambiguous heritage, assembling the jigsaw puzzle both of his own life and of "a larger life which was once whole, but which was deracinated, decimated, and scattered across the globe." As Hirsch taps into the shared consciousness of this far-flung community, he discovers that the violence of the Holocaust "can breed in the survivor a myriad of responses - despair, silence, anger, a reciprocal violence, a reverence or an appetite for life, and on occasion, mirabile dictu, a sense of humor." With a similar mixture of feelings - and with considerable humor - he conjures up the costume ball at Berlin's Hotel Kempinski, where his parents first met; he relives with an uncle the horrors of Auschwitz and the miracle of his aunt's survival; he submits his infant son to the terrifying ritual of circumcision. The journey across boundaries and generations enables Hirsch to connect with his European past, to achieve a hard-earned measure of peace in the New World, and finally to forgive his parents: "What were their lives like before us, what had they given up, what had they lost, what out of the turmoil and the violence and the displacement had they managed to salvage, what, now, in the shadow of this history, did they feel they had accomplished?" The answer, Last Dance suggests, is found in the indomitable human spirit.
1995 By Robin Hirsch

The " free books ” advertised last month as gifts for new subscribers and
renewals sent direct to this office were practically all burned in the fire ... Pilot out
o ' Shanghai , Hong Kong , too . ... Talked to him for an hour once , on a ship out
here .



ISBN: STANFORD:36105006521335

Category: Education


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1939 By

Behind him already lay one of the most hair - raising adventure stories to come
out of World War II and one of the most amazing in seafaring history . ... A few
days after he received In April a taxpayers ' meeting voted in Unseen by the
raider , the last boat , a his pay check for the 70 days he ... For food they Epitaph
for a Plutocracy the perfect epitaph for Shanghai's plutocsubsisted mostly on
seaweed .



ISBN: UTEXAS:059171105788710



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1941 By

To the staff at my parents ' house and to my amahs whom I remember from my
childhood in Shanghai ; to those of us who escaped on the Gripsholm , the last
boat out of China , and to those who did not escape . Finally this book is
dedicated to ...

Author: Erin Pizzey

Publisher: HarperPrism

ISBN: 006100037X

Category: Fiction

Page: 608

View: 675

Sophia Oblimova and her sister Elena flee Russia during the final days of the Czar's regime, seeking refuge in corrupt Shanghai, where they must begin new, harsher lives
1990-04 By Erin Pizzey

Shanghai bo wu guan Zhiyu Shen ... another two are standing with the arms of
one on the other's shoulders, and the last one is sitting on the ground with
crossed arms-, watching ... Modern Period The dragon boat is carved out of a
single tusk.

Author: Donald Albrecht

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Incorporated

ISBN: UOM:49015000945999

Category: Art

Page: 338

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Shows examples of the museum's collection of porcelain, bronzes, enamels, lacquerwork, carvings, sculpture, calligraphy, and paintings
1983 By Donald Albrecht

It was apparent to the Japanese that Wang wished to keep them at arm's length ,
choosing not a Japanese ship but a French one , not Japanese - controlled
Canton “ but ... Apologizing , Wang got up and retired , leaving his subordinates
to work out the practical details of the journey with the Japanese . ... The last thing
he did was to lead his callers upstairs , to take a look at the murdered secretary's
bed .

Author: Ling Pan

Publisher: Heinemann

ISBN: UCSD:31822001558584

Category: China

Page: 239

View: 957

1984 By Ling Pan

The plan was to build the boats in “kit” form, ship them to Shanghai with all of ... took place on April 27 and after fitting out, trials began on May 29.

Author: Greg H. Williams

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476672489

Category: History

Page: 429

View: 716

After the attack on Pearl Harbor (December 7), American sailors of the Asiatic Fleet (where it was December 8) were abandoned by Washington and left to conduct a war on their own, isolated from the rest of the U.S. naval forces. Their fate in the Philippines and Dutch East Indies was often grim--many died aboard burning ships, were executed upon capture or spent years as prisoners of war. Many books have been written about the ships of the U.S. Asiatic Fleet, yet few look into the experiences of the common sailor. Drawing on official reports, past research, personal memoirs and the writings of war correspondents, the author tells the story of those who never came home in 1945.
2018-05-11 By Greg H. Williams

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