Annotations for Dragon's Child : A Story of Angel Island


Baker & Taylor
In 1922, ten-year-old Gim Lew leaves his village in China to accompany his father to America, but before they go he must pass a test--without stuttering--at California's Angel Island, where strict officials strive to keep out unwanted immigrants.

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Baker & Taylor
In 1922, ten-year-old Gim Lew reluctantly leaves his village in China to accompany his father to America, but before they go he must prepare for a grueling test that he must pass--without stuttering--at California's Angel Island, where strict officials st rive to keep out unwanted immigrants. Includes facts about immigration from China and the experiences of the author's family.

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Baker & Taylor
Standing beside his father, a man he hardly knew, at Angel Island in front of the immigration officials, ten-year-old Gim Lew fears the worst when the time comes for his father to answer very important questions that will decide their fates, in a dramatic tale about the process of Chinese American immigration.

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Did you want to go to America?
Pop: Sure. I didn't have a choice. My father said I had to go. So I went.

Were you sad when you left your village?
Pop: Maybe a little . . . well, maybe a lot.

Ten-year-old Gim Lew Yep knows that he must leave his home in China and travel to America with the father who is a stranger to him. Gim Lew doesn't want to leave behind everything that he's ever known. But he is even more scared of disappointing his father. He uses his left hand, rather than the "correct" right hand; he stutters; and most of all, he worries about not passing the strict immigration test administered at Angel Island.

The Dragon's Child is a touching portrait of a father and son and their unforgettable journey from China to the land of the Golden Mountain. It is based on actual conversations between two-time Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep and his father and on research on his family's immigration history by his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep.



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