Thursday, June 30, 2011

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

The story span around 5 generation of Lisa See’s family. From her great-great-grandfather who left China to seek his fortune in “Gold Mountain”(America) to herself.

Her great great grandfather, Fong Dun Shung left for America in 1867 with his two sons, leaving his other son, Fong See to stay back and take care of the family. But due to some problems, for many years Fong Dun Shung was unable to send money back to China.

Fong See become the man of the house and his mother worked hard for the family. At a young age, Fong See was filial.

Fong See was lucky as a couple in the village liked him and volunteer to pay for his voyage to Gold Mountain in search of his fortune and his Father and brothers.

They did meet up and at Gold Mountain Fong See built a business empire. He married a Caucasian woman and was deemed to be one of the most successful Chinese men there.

This book is indeed a good read. Rich with details. It was really amazing to see how the See family grow.

I really appreciate that the author Lisa See had put up her family tree at the beginning of the book to help readers  to trace the relationship of each family members.

My deepest thanks to Chen Chzan who presented this lovely book to me.


cheeyee said...

So this is a real life story? Very interesting. :)

Small Kucing said...

Chee Yee

yup...5 generation...very interesting. Some parts very cham especially when he divorce his ang moh wife. Pity the wife. Both love each other but divorved because of face


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