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McCunn, Ruthanne Lum

Works: 28 works in 182 publications in 9 languages and 6,717 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction  History  Biography  Juvenile works  War fiction  Biographies  Drama  Film adaptations 
Roles: Author, Other, Teacher
Classifications: PS3563.C353, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
Thousand pieces of gold : a biographical novel by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

44 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 1,496 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: Thousand Pieces of Gold tells the fascinating story of Lalu Nathoy, later known as Polly Bemis. Born in China in the mid 1800's, Lalu was raised in a peasant village ravaged by poverty and drought. At an early age she was snatched from her family by bandits, shipped to America as a slave, and auctioned off to a Chinese saloon keeper in an Idaho mining camp. There, having gained her freedom through a poker game, her indomitable spirit took her from running her own boarding house to homesteading twenty acres on the River of No Return. Today, almost fifty years after her death, stories of her courage and acts of kindness live on. The first biography of a Chinese American pioneer woman, Thousand Pieces of Gold is an important contribution to the literature by and about minority women as well as an intriguing account of an unforgettable character
Chinese American portraits : personal histories 1828-1988 by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

8 editions published between 1988 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chinese Americans have been making significant contributions to all aspects of life in the United States for more than a century and a half, but their accomplishments have usually been overlooked. Chinese American Portraits tells their compelling stories, accompanied by more than 150 historic and contemporary photographs"--Book cover
The moon pearl by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 745 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story of Rooster, Shadow, and Mei Ju, who become fast friends while members of a girls' house, where young daughters are taught to become daughter-in-law. These girls, however, want neither to marry nor to become nuns (the only options open to them at the time). They choose instead to support themselves through their skills in embroidery and silk production. Though ostracized by their families, attacked, and barely able to find sustenance and shelter, these sze saw, or self-combers as they would come to be called, manage to create lives that they alone control."--Jacket
Sole survivor by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and Chinese and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poon Lim was a second steward on the Benlomond, and after it was torpedoed, he survived for 133 days on a wooden raft, finally being rescued at the mouth of the Amazon River
An illustrated history of the Chinese in America by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

12 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in Chinese and English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traces the history of the Chinese in the United States focusing on their struggle for acceptance by the white population and their contributions to the development of their new country
Pie-biter by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

10 editions published between 1983 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the nineteenth century, a young Chinese comes to the United States to work on the railroad and develops a fondness for pies that becomes legendary
Wooden fish songs by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

19 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fictionalized biography of botanist Lue Gim Gong, the "plant wizard" who created Florida's orange hybrids. A tale of the Chinese immigrant experience narrated by three women, one a daughter of black slaves who worked with him. By the author of Thousand Pieces of Gold
Portraits of women in the American West by Dee Garceau-Hagen( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book presents vivid biographical essays about women from the intermountain West, the Pacific Northwest, and California during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Included in this collection are essays about an African-American entrepreneur, a northern Paiute activist, an Ursuline nun, an enslaved Chinese settler, and a Chippewa-Cree basketball player. Taken together, these women's stories bring to life the complex and contradictory nature of gender, race, and culture in the history of the American West
God of luck by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2016 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ah Lung and his beloved wife, Bo See, are separated by a cruel fate when, like thousands of other Chinese men in the nineteenth century, he is kidnapped, enslaved and shipped to the deadly guano mines off the coast of Peru. Using their wits and praying to the God of Luck, they never lose hope of someday being reunited"--Publisher description
Chinese proverbs = Zhongguo cheng yu by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

9 editions published between 1991 and 2003 in English and Multiple languages and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents more than fifty Chinese proverbs in Chinese characters and English, along with color illustrations
Sole survivor : [the true account of 133 days adrift] by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in English and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On November 23, 1942, German U-Boats torpedoed the British ship Benlomond, and it sank in the Atlantic in two minutes. The sole survivor was a second steward named Poon Lim, who, with no knowledge of the sea, managed to stay alive for 133 days on a small wooden raft. Sole Survivor, based on three years of interviews with Poon, reconstructs his remarkable ordeal. We learn of a ship's crew that saw him but refused to pick him up; his ingenious ways of trapping water and catching fish (later used in U.S. Navy training films); his reaching land, only to find it an impenetrable jungle. When he was finally rescued at the mouth of the Amazon River, Poon was hailed as the "World's Champion Survivor." He still holds the Guinness world record for survival at sea. His story is an amazing tale of a young man's fortitude in the face of overwhelming odds
Developing writers( Visual )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking at the works and words of professional and published writers is an essential activity in the writing classroom. While students read for content and meaning they also learn about the writer's craft. Students discover how they can grow as writers by exploring many voices and styles. In this hour, we'll see how teachers help their students learn from professional writers. We'll also hear from several writers who share insights about their own processes and they'll tell us who they turn to for inspiration
Thousand Pieces of Gold by Nancy Kelly( Visual )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of a young Chinese woman torn from her homeland and forced to survive in frontier America. An innocent woman in an Idaho mining town's thriving bordello, Lalu rebels and pays a terrible price for her fight against racism and sexism. Wagered as a piece of property, Lalu is handed over to her new owner, Charlie, who opens the door to a whole new life for Lalu--and for himself
Chinese Yankee : a true story from the civil war by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chinese Yankee by Ruthanne Lum McCunn tells the true story of Hong Kong born Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), an orphan brought to America for schooling in the mid-1850s, but enslaved in Baltimore. Only sixteen at the outbreak of war, Thomas ran north, joined the Freedom Army, and was blinded in the first major campaign. He failed to fully recover his sight and, deemed incapable of performing the duties of a soldier, was discharged. Yet he reenlisted twice, saved his regiment's colors during the bloodbath of Spotsylvania, was lamed at Cold Harbor, and survived 9 months imprisonment in the dreaded Andersonville stockade. His health broken, but his spirit intact, he battled for survival and justice for his family and himself until his death in 1891. He was, as the New York Times noted on June 22, 1891, 'singular.'"--
Him Mark Lai : autobiography of a Chinese American historian by H. Mark Lai( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his own words, Him Mark Lai, the renowned Dean of Chinese American History, shares the moving story of his life, beginning with his childhood through his career as an engineer to his evolution as community activist and historian. He also provides an intimate portrait of a San Francisco Chinatown family and community developments from the Great Depression of the 1930s to the McCarthy era of the 1950s, through the Asian American Studies Movement of the 1970s, to the present ... According to U.C. Berkeley's Professor Ling-chi Wang, Him Mark Lai's rescue, collecting, cataloguing, preservation, and sharing of historical sources in both Chinese and English opened the field of Chinese American history to scholars and researchers in the U.S. and across the Pacific"--Page 4 of cover
A bibliography of Chinese and Chinese American resource materials by Lori Chinn( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thousand pieces of gold : screenplay by Anne Makepeace( )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The political philosophy of Burke by John MacCunn( Book )

1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pei liang chih lü by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Book )

1 edition published in 1979 in Chinese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruthanne Lum McCunn by Ruthanne Lum McCunn( Visual )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

McCunn describes the process of researching several of the biographies she has written
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Thousand pieces of gold : a biographical novel
Chinese American portraits : personal histories 1828-1988The moon pearlSole survivorPie-biterWooden fish songsPortraits of women in the American WestGod of luckChinese proverbs = Zhongguo cheng yuSole survivor : [the true account of 133 days adrift]
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