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Pacific Crossing
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During the nineteenth century tens of thousands of Chinese men and women crossed the Pacific to work, trade, and settle in California. Drawn by the gold rush, they took with them skills and goods and a view of the world which, though still Chinese, was transformed by their long journeys back and forth. They in turn transformed Hong Kong, their main point of embarkation, from a struggling infant colony into a prosperous international port and the cultural center of a far-ranging Chinese diaspora.

Table of Contents

  1. cover
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  1. dedication, title page, copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Note on Romanization
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Note on Currencies and Weights
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1 - Becoming a Useful Settlement: Hong Kong on the Eve of the Gold Rush
  2. pp. 11-42
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  1. 2 - Leaving for California: The Gold Rush and Hong Kong’s Development as an Emigrant Port
  2. pp. 43-92
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  1. 3 - Networking the Pacific: The Shipping Trade
  2. pp. 93-136
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  1. 4 - The Gold Mountain Trade
  2. pp. 137-190
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  1. 5 - Preparing Opium for America
  2. pp. 191-218
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  1. 6 - Bound for California: The Emigration of Chinese Women
  2. pp. 219-264
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  1. 7 - Returning Bones
  2. pp. 265-296
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 297-308
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  1. Appendix 1: Hong Kong Exports to San Francisco, 1849
  2. pp. 309-311
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  1. Appendix 2: Migration Figures between Hong Kong and San Francisco, 1852–76, 1858–78
  2. pp. 312-313
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  1. Appendix 3: Ships Sailing from Hong Kong to San Francisco, 1852
  2. pp. 314-320
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 321-406
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 407-410
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 411-434
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 435-454
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