Erika Lee’s grandfather saved his wages for an entire year to bring his wife (Ms. Lee’s grandmother) to the United States.
“Chinese immigrants really looked to the United States. They called it Gum Saan, or Gold Mountain,” Lee said. “The United States was seen as the place where you could make your dreams come true.”
Erika Lee spoke with NPR for a news story on finding her grandparents records in the National Archives. Their story is featured in our exhibit “Attachments.”
Come see the exhibit soon—it closes on September 4!