Tea That Burns : A Family Memoir of Chinatown
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Uncorrected Advance Proof, "A Compelling Saga Of One Man's Journey Through His Heritage, His Quest To Know And Exorcise The Ghosts Of His Ancestors, And The Ways They Brought To A Magical Corner Of New York We Know As Chinatown.". Bookseller Inventory # 007321
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A loving portrait of a family whose superstitions about the old world are eclipsed by the possibilities of the new, Tea That Burns brings to life the spirit of Chinatown that even modern-day residents may never before have perceived.
Product Description: Bruce Edward Hall may have an English name and a Connecticut upbringing, but for him a trip to Chinatown, New York, is a visit to the ghosts of his Chinese ancestors - ancestors who helped create the neighborhood that is really as much a transplanted Cantonese village as it is a part of a great American city. Among these Ancestors are missionaries and reprobates, businessmen and scholars. In Tea That Burns, Bruce Edward Hall uses the stories of these and others to tell the history of Chinatown, starting with the tumultuous journey from an ancient empire ruled by the nine dragons of the universe to a bewildering land of elevated trains, solitary labor, and violent discrimination. The world they constructed was built of backbreaking labor and poetry contests; gambling dens and Cantonese opera; Tong Wars, festivals, firecrackers, incense, and food - always food, to celebrate every conceivable occasion and to confound the ever-meddlesome "White Devils" as they attempt to master the mysteries of chop sticks and stir-fry.
Title: Tea That Burns : A Family Memoir of ...
Publisher: Free Press, The
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: Uncorrected Proof
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