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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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Wiping Out the Stain (1883–85)

Wiping Out the Stain (1883–85)

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The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

A former sanitary inspector accused Chinatown residents for consuming rats and cats, and the Chinese men were chastised for corrupting juvenile white girls. Wong actively spoke for the Chinese community and defended the Chinese against false allegations of debauchery. He later unwisely drew on the Chinese American to level charges against Chan, a Chinese man who attempted to assassinate him. Chan thereby sued Wong for criminal libel, and their legal battles were widely covered in an array of American newspapers.

Keywords:   Libel, Legal battles, Debauchery, Chinese community, Chinatown, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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