Russell Low’s family story is intertwined with American history. Low’s great grandfather, Hung Lai Wah and his brother Jick Wah, were two of the 12,000 Chinese laborers who finished the transcontinental railroad 150 years ago. The story of Lai Wah’s wife is just as important. Ah Ying was nine when she was sold into slavery and brought to America in 1880. She was defiant, refusing to be held down by slave owners, missionaries, or Chinese thugs. Against great odds, she survived, found romance with Lai Wah, and started a family. Russell Low’s book recounts her story of courage and perseverance, paying tribute to the long contributions that Chinese women have played in the development of this community and nation.
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Proceeds benefits the Chinese Historical Society of America and Cameron House.