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Staking a Claim: The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung, a Chinese Miner, California, 1852
My Name is America Series Book #7 of 19 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Laurence Yep

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Published on April 1, 2000
Age Group: 9 - 14 years
Reading Level: AR: 4.8 (6.0 Points, Quiz #35833)
GLE: 5.8
DRA: 50
Lexile® measure: 650L

A young Chinese boy nicknamed Runt records his experiences in a journal as he travels from southern China to California in 1852 to join his uncle during the Gold Rush.

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July 18 - …the American miners blamed us for everything that had gone wrong in their lives - from lower wages to rain and warts. A month before I came, in other districts, the Americans threw the Chinese out. And some of the American miners here want to do the same thing. Uncle says that this is proof that gold is a curse. It twists people's minds and makes them act like beasts. I am beginning to think Uncle is right. I feel like shivering, but not from the cold. America is so lovely - and yet so frightening.

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