In Search of Gold Mountain

February 4, 2012
2:00 – 4:00 pm
Seuss Room, Geisel Library Building

Join us for a lecture and book signing by Murray K. Lee, author of recently published book, In Search of Gold Mountain, A History of the Chinese in San Diego, California. No one knows San Diego’s Chinese community like Curator of Chinese American History Murray K. Lee. His new book provides a comprehensive look at the history of the Chinese in San Diego: It begins with the earliest fishermen to settle on San Diego Bay, covers the emergence of Chinatown amidst the brothels and saloons of downtown’s Stingaree district, explores the sacrifices and contributions made during World War II, examines the decline of Chinatown after the war, and discusses the persistence of community organizations and holiday celebrations that still unite a dispersed community. Historic photographs and original research fill this 352-page tome that carefully traces the untold story of how one community of Chinese immigrants became Chinese Americans.It answers the question of how the Chinese eventually found Gold Mountain after so many years of search and struggle.

Murray K. Lee Murray K. Lee is the Curator of Chinese American History at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. He has made presentations to local schools, colleges, and organizations and given papers at national conferences. He is the coordinator of the San Diego Chinese American Oral History Project. He did his undergraduate and graduate work in Geography at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has extensive professional experience in the supervision of geographic and cartographic research, and graphics design in the production of maps, atlases, publications, visual presentation, and exhibits.

The author will sign books after the event. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Event is open to all.
Refreshments will be served.

Event sponsored by the Librarians Association of UC San Diego’s Committee on Diversity



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