PAPER SON: One Man’s Story, by Tung Pok Chin, with Winifred C. Chin, with an introduction by K. Scott Wong. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2000, pp. 184, 15 b/w photos, $15.96.

In this account of his tribulations and triumphs in Gold Mountain (the Chinese immigrant’s euphemism for the United States), Tung Pok Chin writes, “It is commonly said among us Chinese here in the United States that before World War II about 99 percent of all Chinese immigrants were paper sons.”

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.