June: New book tells stories of Chinese Americans in Seattle

Dori Jones Yang and book cover, Voices of the Second Wave

“Voices of the Second Wave: Chinese Americans in Seattle,” compiled by Dori Jones Yang, is a collection of life stories of 35 people who came to the United States from China between 1934 and 1968. Based on oral interviews, this book captures the voices of a “lost generation” of immigrants, who, although cut off from their homeland and unable to completely integrate into American society, contributed greatly to the United States.

Yang, a former foreign correspondent in Hong Kong, now lives in the Seattle area. Fluent in Mandarin, she conducted the interviews in English and polished and edited each of the stories. Her book is available through Amazon.com. ♦

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