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The First Chinese AmericanThe Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo$
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Scott D. Seligman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139897

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.001.0001

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I Have Always Been a Republican (1888–89)

I Have Always Been a Republican (1888–89)

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(p.168) (p.169) 17 I Have Always Been a Republican (1888–89)
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The First Chinese American
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Scott D. Seligman

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DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.003.0017

In June 1888, Wong published the first edition of the New York Chinese Weekly News, and later he made use of it to endorse Benjamin Harrison for president. Seeing an opportunity to secure a job with the federal government, about one month after the new administration took office, Wong wrote to seek a job as an interpreter in one of China’s treaty ports. Such a diplomatic posting probably empowered him to return to China with immunity from Manchu justice and offer him a chance to reunite with his family.

Keywords:   Benjamin Harrison, New York Chinese Weekly News, Republican, Federal government, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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