If you're Irish American or African American or Eastern European Jewish American, there's a rich literature to give you a sense of your family's arrival-in-America story. Until now, that hasn't been the case for Chinese Americans. From noted historian Mae Ngai, The Lucky Ones uncovers the three-generational saga of the Tape family. It's a sweeping story centered on patriarch Jeu Dips' (Joseph Tapes') self-invention as an immigration broker in post-gold rush, racially explosive San Francisco, and the extraordinary rise it enables. Ngai's portrayal of the Tapes as the first of a brand-new social type - middle-class Chinese Americans, with touring cars, hunting dogs, and society weddings to broadcast it - will astonish. Again and again, Tape family history illuminates American history. Seven-year-old Mamie Tape attempts to integrate California schools, resulting in the landmark 1885 Tape v. Hurley case. The family's intimate involvement in the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair reveals how the Chinese American culture brokers essentially invented Chinatown (and so Chinese culture) for American audiences. Finally, Mae Ngai reveals aspects - timely, haunting, and hopeful - of the lasting legacy of the immigrant experience for all Americans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angela Lin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/002613/bk_adbl_002613_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Watch wood-fired pizzas bake in a hidden outdoor oven, take a funny walk to a comedy bar and spin discs on Spike Milligan’s own turntable, have lunch with the inmates of a high security prison, stroll through a sex shop into a Mexican restaurant, sing your heart out in a clandestine Korean karaoke club, find rare beers and fresh oysters in the back streets of Peckham, tap your toes in a secret gypsy swing club, get pickled in a marooned Irish pub, find the unofficial way into a forbidden Malaysian canteen, join the sixties club that’s still swinging, find a tranquil café hidden in the middle of London’s busiest park, drink cappuccinos made by murderous bikers, sip cocktails mixed from the herbs and flowers of an engineer’s roof garden, play petanque on the Riviera in a central London cellar, tap an oak-tree trunk for whisky, get lost in a labyrinthine wine cellar, let the green absinthe fairy inspire your sketches of S&M life models …Over 120 places with amazing decor, eccentric owners, bizarre food, old-time survivors and more that will please and astonish underground and post-industrial fans, refined gourmets and cocktail drinkers, world food lovers and bargain hunters — and indeed anyone curious enough to discover the infinite possibilities to have fun in London.An absolute must-have guide to exploring the amazing hidden London bar/restaurant/pub/club scene.
After falling for one historical misconception too many, the time is now right to launch a spirited fightback. The moment has come to set the record straight, once and for all.Leading the way in this modern crusade comes Napoleon Wasn't Short and St Patrick Wasn't Irish, a lighthearted guide that reveals the many myths, fabrications and ambiguities found in the annals of world history. For example, Winston Churchill was not born in a ladies' toilet, Lucrezia Borgia was not an infamous poisoner and as you've guessed, St Patrick Wasn't Irish...Written with wit and fascinating insight, and covering numerous subjects - from royalty to religion, saints to statesmen, inventors and explorers, and the lives of famous characters throughout history - this book is guaranteed to astonish and inform, amuse and entertain.