An American Journey
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America has always been seen as the land of opportunity where individuals can rise above their circumstances through diligence, hard work, and perseverance. As this book was being written, America began to celebrate the bicentennial birth of Abraham Lincoln, whose leadership during the Civil War set this Nation on a course to define and embody what it has come to symbolize to the rest of the world. An American Journey is the story of my father who came from China to this country to lay claim to this legacy of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War and that of Joseph Pierce, a "chinaman," who fought for the cause of Union. And it is my story, the son of Chinese immigrants, who came to know Abraham Lincoln and to live my own "American Dream."
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Dec 9, 2013Irving Moy has taken a local figure, largely forgotten in history, and brought him to life. Moy writes passionately and purposefully on the Chinese experience, not only in the Civil War, but the ramifications of the Chinese Exclusion Act and how it personally affected his life. My wife and I enjoyed learning not only about Pierce, but about Moy and his father as well.
Sep 20, 2012I first became aware of Irving Moy's remarkable "rediscovery" and documentation of Joseph Pierce's life when I literally stumbled upon his original work (much less elaborate than this book) in the Connecticut State Library. Moy has left absolutely no stone unturned in recreating what can be factually known about this man's most intriguing life from publicly and otherwise available sources. In this book he adds his personal take on the meaning and significance of Pierce's "life journey" for himself and Pierce's own descendants, in a nation flawed for too long by overt expressions of prejudice and discriminatory legislation. This book is a must have for all readers of any age who are interested in the history of Chinese in the United States. It seems to be the case that the participation of persons of non-European origin in the Civil War remains largely uncredited, hidden in plain sight. As an active Civil War re-enactor and local speaker, Moy is also giving his all... More > to rectifying this situation. In a larger sense, Pierce (and Moy) are asking us, in a way, "What is America", and "What is American and (I would add) World History" without a broader perspective of individuals and groups living in a world that was always "globalized" to one degree or another. A remarkable work --- and a service performed without having to fire a real round. But the fire is live, and still alive, thanks to this author. Michael A. Marcus, Ph.D< Less
Oct 28, 2010Mr. Moy’s love of American History, especially the American Civil War, has taken him on a journey where he identified with a another American of Chinese ancestry from a century and a half ago and rediscovered his ancestral roots. I had known a little about the Chinese Expulsion Act but Mr. Moy’s personal account has put a very human face to this shameful episode in American History. Most Americans are familiar with the hardships of the immigrant Irish, Italians, Jews and Slavs. What about the people crossing the other ocean who helped to build America also? He has researched Connecticut legend Civil War soldier Joseph Pierce and includes a very concise, well written account of the “Fighting” Fourteen Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry of which Corporal Joseph ( Joe) Pierce was proud to be a part of. An American Journey is a book for all Americans.
Oct 24, 2010An American Journey My Father, Lincoln, Joseph Pierce and Me Author: Irving David Moy As indicated by Irving Moy, An American Journey is a story about his father, who despite the hardships of the Chinese Exclusion Act, came into this country, using the name Ng Ming Joe, to claim the legacy of American Lincoln and the Civil War. Mr. Moy also chronicles the legacy of Joseph Pierce, a "Chinaman," who fought in the Cival War for the cause of the Union and masterfully shares his life experiences, as the son of Chinese immigrants in realizing the "American Dream" through the prisms of Abraham Lincoln's legacy, despite the discrimination around him and his family. Despite the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and the "victory" of the North in the Civil War, which led to the end of slavery,such was not the case of racism. I was most intrigued by Mr. Moy's discussion of the discriminatory legislation passed in California, similar to the "Black Codes" enacted by... More > other states against blacks, to degrade and deny the right of the Chinese to earn a decent livelyhood. As the economy took a downturn in the 1870's, Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited the Chinese from migrating to this country. Subsequently amendments and Acts resulted in decades of exclusion until the passage of the 1965 Immigration Act that gave Chinese parity with other countries. The impact of the aforementioned framework is skillfully interwoven into the story and lives of An American Journey My Father, Lincoln, Joseph Pierce and Me. My favorite aspect of this book is its raffirmation of my belief that diligence, hard work and perservance, with the assistance of others who embody similar values, enable us to rise above circumstances, when given an opportunity to do so. I found such to be the case across generations, characters and through the eyes of Joseph Pierce, as he fought in battles of the Civil War. Then too, another high point was when Ng Ming Joe, who lived in thes country illegally over 30 years, and served in its army, became a naturalized citizen in his adopted country in 1968. He then assumed his real name, Chack Fong Moy. We must learn from the past to avoid errors in the future, especially given our present political socio-economic climate. Therefore, this is a "must read" book. I found it to be interesting, intriguing, informative and enlightening. It's also a quick read. Buy one today.< Less
Oct 22, 2010Refreshing book detailing the long, hard struggle of the Moy family. It provides an interesting look at the problems of an immigrant family in earlier days and reminds us of the reasons why immigrants came to this country. It would be interesting to hear more of the stories of Mr. Moy's life, perhaps those of his early days in China. All in all, a great read.
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- Irving D. Moy (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- September 6, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.45 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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