A Chinaman's Chance
The Chinese on the Rocky Mountain Mining FrontierBook - 1997
Between 1863 and 1910, a large number of Chinese immigrants resided in the Boise Basin to search for gold. As in many Rocky Mountain mining camps, they comprised a majority of the population. Unlike settlers in many other boom-and-bust western mining towns, the Chinese in the Boise Basin managed to stay there for more than half a century.
Thus, the Chinese portrayed all the stereotypical frontier roles-victors, victims, and villains. Their basic material needs were guaranteed, and many individuals were able to climb up the economic ladder. Frontier justice was used to settle disputes; Chinese-Americans frequently challenged white opponents in the various courts as well as in gun battles.
Interesting and provocative, A Chinaman's Chance not only offers general readers a narrative account of the Rocky Mountain mining frontier, but also introduces a fresh interpretation of the Chinese experience in nineteenth-century America to scholars interested in Asian American studies, immigration history, and ethnicity in the American West.
Offers general readers a narrative account of the Rocky Mountain mining frontier and introduces scholars to a fresh interpretation of the Asian experience in 19th-century America. Challenges the stereotype of Chinese immigrants in the 19th-century American West as victims, showing that their experience in the early history of the Boise Basin, Idaho, was marked by material success and accommodating relations with Euroamericans. Includes b&w photos. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.