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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 Do Not Like Chinese Ways, Nor Chinamen Any More (1898)

I Do Not Like Chinese Ways, Nor Chinamen Any More (1898)

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The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

In 1898, Wong decided to set sail for Asia and he first disembarked in Hong Kong. His business partners owed him money, and he wished to collect as much as possible from the Hong Kong branch of the syndicate. He was initially issued a United States passport, but it was soon withdrawn as a consul reported that he was misled by a discrepancy in the States Department’s guidelines regarding passports to naturalized Chinese. Wong later left for Shandong for a final family reunion. Yet the reunion was brief, as the Chinese government attempted to arrest Wong and he had to leave his family again. Finally, he died of heart failure in September 1898.

Keywords:   United States passport, Family reunion, Hong Kong, Shandong, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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