The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America

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The Lucky Ones uncovers the story of the Tape family in post-gold rush, racially explosive San Francisco. Mae Ngai paints a fascinating picture of how the role of immigration broker allowed patriarch Jeu Dip (Joseph Tape) to both protest and profit from discrimination, and of the Tapes as the first of a new social type--middle-class Chinese Americans.


Tape family history illuminates American history. Seven-year-old Mamie attempts to integrate California schools, resulting in the landmark 1885 case Tape v. Hurley. The family's intimate involvement in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair reveals how Chinese American brokers essentially invented Chinatown, and so Chinese culture, for American audiences. Finally, The Lucky Ones reveals aspects--timely, haunting, and hopeful--of the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience for all Americans.


This expanded edition features a new preface and a selection of historical documents from the Chinese exclusion era that forms the backdrop to the Tape family's story.

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If you're Irish American or African American or Eastern European Jewish American, there's a rich literature to give you a sense of your family's arrival-in-America story. Until now, that hasn't been the case for Chinese Americans. From noted historian Mae Ngai, The Lucky Ones uncovers the three-generational saga of the Tape family. It's a sweeping story centered on patriarch Jeu Dip's (Joseph Tape's) self-invention as an immigration broker in post-gold rush, racially explosive San Francisco, and the extraordinary rise it enables. Ngai's portrayal of the Tapes as the first of a brand-new social type--middle-class Chinese Americans, with touring cars, hunting dogs, and society weddings to broadcast it--will astonish. Again and again, Tape family history illuminates American history. Seven-year-old Mamie Tape attempts to integrate California schools, resulting in the landmark 1885 Tape v. Hurley. The family's intimate involvement in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair reveals how the Chinese American culture brokers essentially invented Chinatown--and so Chinese culture--for American audiences. Finally, Mae Ngai reveals aspects--timely, haunting, and hopeful--of the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience for all Americans.



Photos of the Tepe Family from The Lucky Ones
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Joseph Tape with his hunting rifle and bird dogs, San Francisco, c. 1880s

The Tape family (Joseph, Emily, Mamie, Frank, Mary), 1884

Mamie with children, Emily and Harold, and sister Emily, Portland, 1912



Ruby Tape, 1912

Gertrude and husband Herbert, Sunol, California, 1913

Gertrude with Florence Park and daughters, Pacific Grove, c. 1915

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"The Lucky Ones is a model of historical scholarship. Mae Ngai extracts from limited records a lively and nuanced narrative of the Tape family and vividly illuminates how conditions of inequality fester and spread through human greed and aspiration. The telling tale of the Tapes challenges commonly held myths of immigrant absorption over generations."--Madeline Y Hsu, author of Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration between the United States and Southern China, 1882-1943

"Rigorously researched and well written, The Lucky Ones engages scholars as well as the general public."--Gordon H. Chang, Stanford Universit

"Mae Ngai's book is perfect! The multigenerational story of the Tape family's experience as immigrants, then as Chinese Americans, is well told and richly documented. This jazzlike tale captures the complex, contradictory improvisations of all who come to these shores in search of freedom and fulfillment. Ngai's account of the Tape family's bargains with old and new world denizens is an outstanding teaching text because she highlights the way in which 'Chinese-American' identity, at a critical point in U.S. history, exemplified and constituted 'American' citizenship and 'American' dreaming. Through Ngai's account, students are able to understand how very American the Tape family was and how similar their tale is, even in its difference, to those of other Americans."--Lucas B. Wilson, Mount Holyoke College

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Descrizione libro Princeton University Press, United States, 2012. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Revised expanded ed. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Lucky Ones uncovers the story of the Tape family in post-gold rush, racially explosive San Francisco. Mae Ngai paints a fascinating picture of how the role of immigration broker allowed patriarch Jeu Dip (Joseph Tape) to both protest and profit from discrimination, and of the Tapes as the first of a new social type--middle-class Chinese Americans. Tape family history illuminates American history. Seven-year-old Mamie attempts to integrate California schools, resulting in the landmark 1885 case Tape v. Hurley. The family s intimate involvement in the 1904 St. Louis World s Fair reveals how Chinese American brokers essentially invented Chinatown, and so Chinese culture, for American audiences. Finally, The Lucky Ones reveals aspects--timely, haunting, and hopeful--of the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience for all Americans. This expanded edition features a new preface and a selection of historical documents from the Chinese exclusion era that forms the backdrop to the Tape family s story. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780691155326

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