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Both Jin Kee and Jin Mun worked for a time in the Sacramento home of Leland and Jane Stanford. The couple attempted to adopt Jin Mun.


Moy Gop Jung, a cousin of the Moy brothers, tangled with Jin Mun, whom he accused of swindling him.


When Jin Fuey and his wife left New York for a country estate in New Jersey, their move made headlines.


Jin Kee became a bona fide U.S. citizen, but his naturalization was revoked as a consequence of Chinese exclusion legislation.


Josephine Moy, Jin Fuey's adopted daughter, had a successful career in Vaudeville and cinema as "The Lady Tsen Mei."  But her resumé was a work of fiction.


Jin Fuey was the respondent in one Supreme Court case that bears his name and the petitioner in another.  The cases helped shape early federal efforts to regulate narcotics.

Chapter I: Tangled in a Snarl

In which Jin Kee and his wife Chin Fung, American citizens returning after a trip to China, are detained in Tacoma, Washington by immigration authorities pending an investigation of their right to be admitted.

Chapter II: The Road to Exclusion

In which the confluence of events behind the great Chinese Diaspora, the conditions leading to America's exclusion of Chinese, and the practicalities of enforcing Chinese exclusion are considered.

Chapter III: Beginnings

In which the history of the Moy family of Duanfen and the early life of the Moy brothers are presented.

Chapter IV: California Dreaming

In which Jin Kee and Jin Mun make the voyage to California, meet the Leland Stanfords and return to China to marry and in which Jin Mun prospects old claims and works for the railroad.

Chapter V: Another Good Man Gone Wrong

In which Jin Fuey arrives in America and he and Jin Kee move to New York, where Jin Kee speaks out against the Chinese Exclusion Act, opens a mission and gets arrested for larceny.

Chapter VI: He Stands High Among His Countrymen

In which Jin Fuey is sent to seminary and medical school, elopes, adopts a daughter, works in a Chinese hospital and takes a job with a church.

Chapter VII: Moy Jin Mun Will Furnish The Corpse

In which Jin Mun reports a shipment of contraband opium, gets cheated out of his reward, translates regulations requiring all Chinese to register with the government, receives death threats and smokes opium in open court.

Chapter VIII: A Thorough American

In which Jin Kee brings his wife from China, opens a hotel, relocates to Chicago, doggedly pursues naturalization and becomes active in a movement to secure rights for the Chinese in America.

Chapter IX: “I Created Enmity Among Our Own Countrymen”

In which Jin Fuey speaks out against an anti-Chinese bill, joins the Immigration Bureau, purchases a New Jersey farm. is accused of smuggling and is discharged from the Service.

Chapter X: Disaster and Rebuilding

In which Jin Mun is ill-treated by a gang of boys, is the defendant in a lawsuit for non-payment of rent, allegedly loses three sons in the San Francisco earthquake and returns to mining.

Chapter XI: Meet Me At The Fair

In which Jin Kee relocates to Indianapolis and obtains citizenship, receives a gift from Viceroy Li Hung Chang, hosts Prince Pu Lun and is elevated to the Chinese titled elite.

Chapter XII: Leading the Fight

In which Jin Kee is named to lead the struggle against the Chinese Exclusion Act, visits Washington and meets the Vice President and the President.

Chapter XIII: I Deem It To Be A Lesson

In which Gop Jung joins the Immigration Bureau even as his cousin Jin Fuey is discharged, succeeds in importing his wife and son from China, and accuses Jin Mun of extortion.

Chapter XIV: Less Than Savory Characters

In which Jin Fuey is tried in Boston for allegedly smuggling Chinese into the United States.

Chapter XV: Reversal of Fortune I

In which Jin Kee is ousted from his position and stripped of his rank, returns to China and is detained and nearly denied re-entry upon his return.

Chapter XVI: Reversal of Fortune II

In which Jin Kee opines about the future of Chinese queues, loses his citizenship, dies, is mourned and is taken back to China for burial by his wife.

Chapter XVII: Many Impeachable Practices

In which Gop Jung is investigated by the U.S. Immigration Bureau for violating his oath of office and Jin Fuey is interrogated and suspected of having turned him in.

Chapter XVIII: The Chinese Nightingale

In which Josephine Moy becomes a Vaudeville and silent film star, Josephine and Hattie Moy apply for passports, and Jin Fuey’s origins are investigated.

Chapter XIX: The Man Who Took the Teeth out of the Drug Act

In which Jin Fuey relocates to Pittsburgh, is arrested three times for mail fraud and dealing in narcotics, is the respondent in one Supreme Court case and the petitioner in another.

Chapter XX: Prisoner #11990

In which Jin Fuey serves nearly two years in the Federal penitentiary, is released and dies.

Chapter XXI: Peacemaker

In which Jin Mun leads the Six Companies, participates in the General Peace Association, travels widely in support of efforts to quell triad violence, is ruined in the stock market crash and dies.


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