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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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A Hare-Brained, Half-Crazy Man (1873–74)

A Hare-Brained, Half-Crazy Man (1873–74)

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The First Chinese American

Scott D. Seligman

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter gives an account of how Wong Chin Foo was accused of fraudulently posing as a Chinese government envoy, and shows why the assertion is merely a fabrication. In 1874, Wong penned an article for the New York Times, attributing the plight of multitudes of Chinese to the corruption and incompetency of the Chinese government. Prince Gong, an uncle of the emperor, thereby demands his extradition to China. Apparently Wong was reluctant to return to his homeland, as it was tantamount to putting himself to death.

Keywords:   Prince Gong, Extradition, Government envoy, Chinese government, America, China, Chinese American, Wong Chin Foo

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