Bitter melon stories from the last rural Chinese town in America by Jeff Gillenkirk

Cover of: Bitter melon | Jeff Gillenkirk

Published by University of Washington Press in Seattle .

Written in English

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  • Locke (Calif.),
  • California,
  • Locke


  • Chinese Americans -- California -- Locke -- History,
  • Locke (Calif.) -- History

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Book details

StatementJeff Gillenkirk, James Motlow ; introduction by Sucheng Chan.
ContributionsMotlow, James.
LC ClassificationsF869.L67 G55 1987
The Physical Object
Pagination142, [1] p. :
Number of Pages142
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2381750M
ISBN 100295965002, 0295965622
ISBN 109780295965000, 9780295965628
LC Control Number87010418

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I recently spoke with James about his favorite portraits in Bitter Melon, the town’s upcoming centennial, and his move back to Locke after living in San Francisco for over thirty years.

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