Ocean of Bitter Dreams: The Chinese Migration to America, 1850-1915

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Originally published in 1988 to great acclaim, this new paperback edition of Robert J. Schwendinger s pioneering work: "Ocean of Bitter Dreams" sheds critical light on the history of the infamous coolie trade, maritime policy and foreign relations, and the human cost of one of the great tragedies in the Chinese Diaspora. "Ocean of Bitter Dreams" will stand for decades as one of the most authoritative accounts of the history of the Chinese in the United States. Ocean of Bitter Dreams appears to be the most authoritative account which presents the history of maritime relations from the point of view of those who are typically overlooked by historians. Though others have written about abuses of human rights in the coolie trade, nobody else has documented as thoroughly...the spill-over of such abuses in the latter development of maritime relations between China and America. --Victor Nee, co-author of Longtime Californ : A Documentary Study of an American Chinatown This is an important book, not only for those of us with an incessant interest in the past, but even more for those who hope for the future. It has rare honesty and scope of vision. --International Examiner This is a powerful book, carefully crafted and documented, which will move us a giant step forward in humanizing what has been a neglected part of our nation s history. --Sandy Lydon, author of Chinese Gold: The Chinese in the Monterey Bay Region Anyone who would understand the past, present, and future of Chinese and American relationships would do well to place this book at the head of any reading list. --Midwest Book Review

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Robert J. Schwendinger is a former Executive Director of the Maritime Humanities Center, engaged in educational programming in maritime history, folklore, and literature in the San Francisco Bay Region. The Center was founded with a four-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a unit of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the National Maritime Museum from 1980 through 1985, producing public forums, exhibits, publications, sea festivals, and a two-day conference on the Gold Rush that was funded by the California Council for the Humanities. The Center's final project, among others, was Oakland SeaFest '87, a humanities event in cooperation with the City and Port of Oakland, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Schwendinger has MAs from the University of Iowa and the University of the Americas, and taught in higher education twenty-five years (University of Wisconsin and University of Santa Clara, among others). He was also Director of the Humanities of the Sea Lecture Series of the San Francisco Bay Area (NEH funded), a journalist, and the recipient of a one year writing fellowship at El centro mexicano de escritores. His publications include, among others, International Port of Call: An Illustrated Maritime History of the Golden Gate, some twenty-five articles in such publications as The American West, Oceans, California History, Southern Folklore Quarterly, Ports of Call (publication of Journal of the West), Journal of America's Military Past, Journal at Jinan University (China), The Chinese-American Experience, (publication of the Chinese-American Historical Society of America), Sirs (Social Issues Resource Series), and Sealetter (publication of the National Maritime Museum).

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