experience in America began with dreams of gold, as legends of
instant wealth in California lured hopeful adventurers across
the Pacific Ocean. Those dreams soon lost their luster, though;
these sojourners found mostly hard times and persecution, and
scrambled to survive in a strange country.
Only through decades
of struggle, isolation, and slow progress were Chinese Americans
able to find a secure place in the life of the nation. Today,
though, a new surge of growth and cultural vitality promises to
transform the Chinese American community, and to reshape American
life for future generations.