On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

Lisa See

St. Martin's, 1995

Agent: Sandra Dijkstra

Documenting the history of her own Chinese-American family, a journalist shares the results of five years of research, including interviews with nearly one hundred Chinese and Caucasian relatives, in a story of acceptance and discrimination.


Los Angeles Times bestseller, San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, Washington Post bestseller


"Lovingly rendered... A vivid tableau of a family and an era." —People

"Terrific stuff... The See family's adventures would be incredible if On Gold Mountain were fiction."
The New York Times Book Review

"Weaves together fascinating family anecdotes, imaginative details, and the historical details of immigrant life... Enviably entertaining." —Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club

"Astonishing...as engagingly readable as any novel...comprehensive and exhaustively researched."
Los Angeles Times Book Review