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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
"There is no history, only fictions of varying degree of plausibility." Although historians may disagree with Voltaire's provocative statement, Ruthanne Lum McCunn's choice of this phrase as an opening for her biographical novel, Thousand Pieces of Gold, is probably in keeping with the general agreement that any fiction which claims literary merits must contain some truth. McCunn, an Amerasian born in San Francisco's Chinatown, grew up in Hong Kong. At the age of sixteen, she returned to San Francisco to attend college and subsequently worked as a librarian, teacher, and bilingual/bicultural specialist. She is the author of An Illustrated History of the Chinese in America.
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