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In Pursuit of GoldChinese American Miners and Merchants in the American West$
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Sue Fawn Chung

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036286

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036286.001.0001

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Farther East: Island Mountain and Gold Creek

Farther East: Island Mountain and Gold Creek

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In Pursuit of Gold

Sue Fawn Chung

University of Illinois Press

This chapter provides a more in-depth study of a small Nevada mining town called Island Mountain and the Chinese miners, merchants, and other residents. Founded by Emanuel Penrod, the town was predominantly Chinese and economic interdependence led to positive social interactions. Penrod had recognized the need for Chinese workers and adopted a policy of working with them, thus providing a harmonious atmosphere. Other residents followed his lead. This allowed the Chinese merchant China Lem (the name given to two brothers who lived there, one after the other), and his friends and associates who were miners, to live in Island Mountain for many decades without the racism and anti-Chinese prejudice present in other mining towns.

Keywords:   Nevada, Island Mountain, Emanuel Penrod, economic interdependence, social interaction, Chinese miners, Chinese merchants, Chinese workers

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