Red Means Good Fortune: A Story of San Francisco's Chinatown (Once upon America Series)

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Jin Mun cannot wait for the Chinese New Year and hopes that he will find good fortune in the future, until he meets Wai Hing, a slave girl, and must come up with a way to set her free

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In the Once Upon America series, a story set circa 1868-69. Chin Jin Mun, ``a boy of 12 years by the white devils' counting,'' is a delivery boy for his father's laundry. He meets a slave girl, Lew Wai Hing; shocked to learn that she is never allowed outside, he decides to win her freedom. That he succeeds strains credibility, as does the premise that a Chinese boy of this period would not accept the girl's traditional position. Still, Goldin has done her research and created a story from the meager material available about Chinese women in San Francisco at that time, while a subplot involving Jin Mun's brother allows her to discuss the role of the Chinese in building the transcontinental railroad. Some details (Jin Mun's seeing women with bound feet in San Francisco; his learning English at a missionary school) are unlikely for this date, but not impossible. The narrative is readable, though the dialogue is burdened with information. Concluding note; illustrations not seen. (Fiction. 8-11) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 3-5-Jin Mun, 12, lives in San Francisco's Chinatown in 1869. His older brother is helping build the Central Pacific Railroad in Nevada, and his mother and sisters are still in China. The boy works in his father's laundry, studies English in a missionary school, and learns to write Chinese characters well enough to write letters home for his father and for other men in the community. Soon he is on a mission of his own, to help a young girl who was kidnapped in China and sold into slavery in San Francisco. Well-researched and clearly written, Red Means Good Fortune offers readers a glimpse into a fascinating chapter of American history. The turn of events, if somewhat improbable, is by no means impossible. Goldin offers insight into her background investigation in a brief afterword.
Carla Kozak, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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