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Robin T. Wilson - associate professor of public health sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Book Title: This Bittersweet Soil: The Chinese in California Agriculture, 1860-1910

Author: Sucheng Chan

Book Description:

This is the first book that opened my eyes to an exquisite and touching history of immigrants to the United States. Sucheng Chan's excellent writing style, careful attention to detail, and inclusion of historical documents kept me riveted as a young graduate student. It was amazing to me how a small number of extremely hard-working people could completely transform a region. These people and others like them are an inspiration to me. It is my hope that in my own work, I will also be able to bring new understanding and inspiration.


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