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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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Soiled Doves (1873–74)

Soiled Doves (1873–74)

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The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

After returning to America, Wong Chin Foo helped to rescue myriads of Chinese girls who were sold into prostitution in the territory. He began a lecture tour, and decided to become an American citizen in 1874. Naturalization was almost unprecedented for a Chinese. This chapter also relates how Wong had a liaison of his own with an American prostitute.

Keywords:   Naturalization, Prostitution, Chinese girls, Chinese, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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