Chinese Yankee: A True Story from the Civil War by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

By Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Chinese Yankee via Ruthanne Lum McCunn tells the real 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. simply 16 on the outbreak of warfare, Thomas ran north, joined the liberty military, and used to be blinded within the first significant crusade. He did not totally get well his sight and, deemed incapable of acting the tasks of a soldier, was once discharged. but he reenlisted two times, stored his regiment's shades throughout the massacre of Spotsylvania, was once lamed at chilly Harbor, and survived nine months imprisonment within the dreaded Andersonville stockade. His wellbeing and fitness damaged, yet his spirit intact, he battled for survival and justice for his relations and himself till his demise in 1891. He was once, because the long island instances famous, "singular."

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

Advance Praise

"A actual Civil conflict tale that brings to lifestyles a uniquely American hero, chinese language YANKEE provides the reader background 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 placed 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 outstanding documentary facts, Ruthanne Lum McCunn skillfully information the lifetime of Union soldier Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way). a desirable learn that is helping us larger comprehend American society in this serious interval in our historical past. learn it." -- Franklin Odo, venture Director for subject matter examine on Asian american citizens and Pacific Islanders, NPS

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