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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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When the World Came to Omaha (1897–98)

When the World Came to Omaha (1897–98)

(p.274) (p.275) 27 When the World Came to Omaha (1897–98)
The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

The Chinese community in Chicago expressed their interest in partaking in Omaha’s Trans-Mississippi International Exposition, a large-scale international exhibition held in America. Wong himself formed a group with a view to compete against another group to construct and run the Chinese village. Given the fact that Wong did not have an opportunity to visit China, the exposition can be used as a good pretext by him to bring his son to the United States. Later, accidentally, Wong was sent to prison for contempt of court. As Wong was physically unable to go to Omaha and encountered financial difficulties, his business partners ousted him from the project.

Keywords:   Trans-Mississippi International Exposition, Chinese village, Omaha, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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