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The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo

Scott D. Seligman


Chinese in America endured abuse and discrimination in the late nineteenth century, but they had a leader and a fighter in Wong Chin Foo (1847–1898), whose story is a forgotten chapter in the struggle for equal rights in America. The first to use the term “Chinese American,” Wong defended his compatriots against malicious scapegoating and urged them to become Americanized to win their rights. A trailblazer and a born showman who proclaimed himself China’s first Confucian missionary to the United States, he founded America’s first association of Chinese voters and testified before Congress to g ... More

Keywords: Wong Chin Foo, Discrimination, Racial equality, Missionary, Chinese, America, Chinese American

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139897
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott D. Seligman, author

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