PATIENCE AND A MULBERRY LEAF by Margaret Pitcairn Strachan


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A problem of integration faced Mabel Dong of Seattle's Chinatown, back in 1951. The Korean War was on and there seemed to be a general assumption that all Chinese were communists, and Mabel used every way to bring her High School classmates to a realization that even the pressures used by Red China to get funds out of Chinese-Americans -- ""or else..."" -- were being resisted courageously. Mabel and another problem; she was dating Pete, a Caucasian, a bit fearful that her father, Yook Lim Dong, would find it out. But it was the hunt for a job that drove home to her the fact that it would take a long road ahead before Orientals could compete on equal footing with Caucasians. The story has merit in a somewhat new angle- certainly for teen agers in the East- on other aspects of integration, but somehow the telling of the story and the stock characters and awkward dialogue, decrease the chances for acceptance.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1962
Publisher: Ives Washburn