By Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Chinese Yankee by way of Ruthanne Lum McCunn tells the genuine tale of Hong Kong born Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), an orphan dropped at the US for education within the mid-1850s, yet enslaved in Baltimore. purely 16 on the outbreak of warfare, Thomas ran north, joined the liberty military, and was once blinded within the first significant crusade. He didn't totally recuperate his sight and, deemed incapable of acting the tasks of a soldier, was once discharged. but he reenlisted two times, stored his regiment's colours in the course of the massacre of Spotsylvania, used to be lamed at chilly Harbor, and survived nine months imprisonment within the dreaded Andersonville stockade. His health and wellbeing damaged, yet his spirit intact, he battled for survival and justice for his kin and himself till his demise in 1891. He used to be, because the ny occasions famous, "singular."

"[Chinese Yankee] is a rare tale that also resonates one hundred fifty years later. along with her empathy for the crucial personality and her enticing and obtainable prose, McCunn is preferably certified to inform the tale." -- Stuart Heaver, Hong Kong South China Morning submit, November 1, 2014.

Advance Praise

"A real Civil warfare tale that brings to existence a uniquely American hero, chinese language YANKEE provides the reader heritage that speaks to the center with the aches of fight, the demanding situations of identification, and the hunt for romance opposed to all odds." -- Gus Lee, China Boy; braveness: The spine of management; and With Schwarzkopf.

"Riveting. could not positioned it down! could not flip the pages quickly adequate. it is something to determine a light black and white photograph, rather one other to learn it in residing colour, flesh and bone, pleasure and sorrow." -- Carol Shively, editor, Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War

"Uncovering awesome documentary proof, Ruthanne Lum McCunn skillfully info the lifetime of Union soldier Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way). a desirable learn that is helping us larger comprehend American society in this severe interval in our background. learn it." -- Franklin Odo, venture Director for subject examine on Asian americans and Pacific Islanders, NPS

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