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This is a long-overdue publication of a 1953 doctoral dissertation. Concentrating on Chicago, Siu illuminates in exceptional detail important aspects of the life of the Chinese in America. The volume is much more than a specialist's monograph. It is a significant primary source, being the product of a participant-observer and replete with stories, letters, and interviews. In addition, Siu's analysis yields useful insights, particularly about the persistence of Old World traditions and the Chinese laundryman as "sojourner." This excellent study should be of interest to those in ethnic and immigration history and in urban and labor history as well. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. Roy H. Tryon, Delaware State Archives, Dover
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Paul Chan Pang Siu, the son of a laundry worker, studied sociology at the University of Chicago under Ernest Burgess and Louis Wirth. Afterwards, he worked as a social worker in Boston's Chinatown during the 1940s and then taught sociology for twenty years. he retired as Chairperson and Professor of Sociology from the Detroit Institute of Technology in 1971. His essays have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Burgess and Bogue's Contributions to Urban Sociology, and Qishiniandai [The Seventies]. John Kuo Wei Tchen, author of Genthe's Photographs of San Francisco's Old Chinatown (1984), is cofounder and historian of the New York Chinatown History Project.