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The First Chinese AmericanThe Remarkable Life of Wong Chin FooScott D. SeligmanSeligman_00_fm_reprint_2015.indd iii02/01/2015 9:31 AM Hong Kong University PressThe University of Hong KongPokfulam RoadHong Kongwww.hkupress.org© 2013 Hong Kong University PressISBN 978-988-8139-89-7 (Hardback)ISBN 978-988-8139-90-3 (Paperback)All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced or transmit-ted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication DataA catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library.Front Cover: Wong Chin Foo. Sketch from a photograph by George G. Rockwood from Harper’s Weekly, May 26, 1877. The original photograph apparently no longer exists. The Chinese calligraphy is in Wong’s own hand, taken from the signature on his Declaration of Intention to become a U.S. ci...