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1st literary memoir of San Francisco Chinatown by an American-born Chinese.  

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Father and Glorious Descendant

Lowe, Pardee


Little, Brown and Company



322 pages. (8vo), original black cloth, red printed titles in pictorial dust jacket (art by Forrest Orr). First Edition. With two of the four earlier periodical appearance of portions of the book: “The Good Life in Chinatown” in Asia magazine, Feb. 1937. and “Father’s Robes of Immortality”, in The Atlantic, December 1938,.Both complete issues in original wrappers.

Lowe’s book was a significant autobiography of an American-born Chinese, a “frank revelation”, writes historian Xiao-Huang Yin, “of the psychology of a second-generation Chinese who faced the formidable pressure of assimilation.” Its popularity with the American reading public marked the transformation of white America’s attitude toward Chinese after nearly a century of blatant racism

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Dust jacket chipped and worn; very good.

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