Families with Children from China New England

Author Talk: Ruthanne Lum McCunn: "Chinese Yankee"

  • 06 Nov 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash St., 5th floor, Boston, MA

WHAT: A book talk by Ruthanne Lum McCunn, whose latest latest book, Chinese Yankee: A True Story from the U.S. Civil War, tells the true story of Hong Kong born Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), an orphan brought to America for schooling in the mid-1850s, but enslaved in Baltimore. Only sixteen at the outbreak of war, Thomas ran north, joined the Freedom Army, and was blinded in the first major campaign. He failed to fully recover his sight and, deemed incapable of performing the duties of a soldier, was discharged. Yet he reenlisted twice, saved his regiment's colors during the bloodbath of Spotsylvania, was lamed at Cold Harbor, and survived nine months imprisonment in the dreaded Andersonville stockade. His health broken but his spirit intact, he battled for survival and justice for his family and himself until his death in 1891. He was, the New York Times noted, "singular." This book may resonate especially with families with children from China.

Hosted by the Chinese Historical Society of New England, Asian American Resource Workshop, & Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center. 

WHERE: Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, 38 Ash St., 5th floor, Boston, MA

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER: Please contact info@chsne.org










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