MOCAREADS Tong Wars: Author Talk with Scott D. Seligman

Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Tickets: $30/person (includes signed copy of book); $10/adult; $5/senior (65+) and students (with valid ID); FREE for MOCA members
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“Seligman masterfully examines the undercurrents of 1925 New York Chinatown in an engrossing depiction of a complex time. By shining a light on the power of association, the struggle for power, and the desire to survive, Seligman gives ‘face’ to the challenges of community-infighting, community-building, and community-identity in a racist and exclusionary America.”
–Nancy Yao Maasbach, President, Museum of Chinese in America

Please join Scott D. Seligman in a talk and reading from his newest book, Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York’s Chinatown, a true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan Chinatown, a generation after Gangs of New York. Followed by book signing.


Author Bio

Scott D. Seligman is a historian, retired corporate executive, and career China hand, and he holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard. Fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese, he lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China and has worked as a legislative assistant in Congress, a businessman in China, and a communications director of a Fortune 50 company.

He is the author of many scholarly and business books, including Chinese Business Etiquette and The First Chinese American. He has published articles in the Asian Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the China Business Review, the Jewish Daily Forward, China Heritage Quarterly, and the New York History and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center blogs.