The striking images in this book by the talented photographer George Lee provide a unique-and intimate-portrait of a Chinese American community in California that stretches back for more than sixty years.
Born in 1922, Lee was raised in the last of Santa Cruz's Chinatowns. His early photographs from the 1930s captured the generation of Chinese American immigrants from the late-nineteenth century who met with vigilante racism throughout California and were forced to live out the remainder of their lives in bachelor societies. Lee's stunning portraits provide them with a grace and dignity found in few other photographs from this era.
“[Santa Cruz Chinatown] has been reborn through Lee's arresting photographs and the vivid, heartfelt memories, commentary, and storytelling of relatives and friends, who place the long-ago dreams of Chinatown's residents in the rightful context of American dreaming.” --Ruthanne Lum McCunn, author of Thousand Pieces of Gold, Sole Survivor and The Moon Pearl