On Gold Mountain

Lisa See

Description & Details

The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family

In 1867, Lisa See's great-great-grandfather arrived in America, where he prescribed herbal remedies to immigrant labourers who were treated little better than slaves. His son Fong See later built a mercantile empire and married a Caucasian woman, in spite of laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Lisa herself grew up playing in her family's antiques store in Los Angeles's Chinatown, listening to stories of missionaries and prostitutes, movie stars and Chinese baseball teams.

With these stories and her own years of research, Lisa See chronicles the one-hundred-year-odyssey of her Chinese-American family, a history that encompasses racism, romance, secret marriages, entrepreneurial genius, and much more, as two distinctly different cultures meet in a new world.  

About the Author:

Lisa See is a New York Times bestselling author best known for On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. Her books have been published in 39 languages. Her paternal great-grandfather Fong was Chinese, making her one-eighth Chinese. This has had a great impact on her life and work. She has written for and led in many cultural events emphasizing the importance of Los Angeles and Chinatown.


  • Author: Lisa See
  • Pages: 464 pages