An illustration of Chinese immigrants panning for gold in California, the US, in the mid-19th century. The period forms the backdrop for new historical novel Chinese Brothers, American Sons. Photo: Getty Images An illustration of Chinese immigrants panning for gold in California, the US, in the mid-19th century. The period forms the backdrop for new historical novel Chinese Brothers, American Sons. Photo: Getty Images
An illustration of Chinese immigrants panning for gold in California, the US, in the mid-19th century. The period forms the backdrop for new historical novel Chinese Brothers, American Sons. Photo: Getty Images

Chinese workers in America and the prejudice they faced in the 1800s looking for gold and building railways: Ed Shew’s historical novel

  • Chinese Brothers, American Sons, tells the epic story of two brothers from Guangdong who migrate to the US in 1854 to seek their fortune
  • Initially set during the California gold rush, it’s a story of endurance, discrimination, tragedy, love and exploitation

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An illustration of Chinese immigrants panning for gold in California, the US, in the mid-19th century. The period forms the backdrop for new historical novel Chinese Brothers, American Sons. Photo: Getty Images An illustration of Chinese immigrants panning for gold in California, the US, in the mid-19th century. The period forms the backdrop for new historical novel Chinese Brothers, American Sons. Photo: Getty Images
An illustration of Chinese immigrants panning for gold in California, the US, in the mid-19th century. The period forms the backdrop for new historical novel Chinese Brothers, American Sons. Photo: Getty Images
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