Book Signing With Chinese American Historian, Murray K. Lee

June 7, 2016

Elephant and the Indians: My Grandfather, the “Elephant,” A Chinese Railroad Worker, Captured by Indians

SAN DIEGO, CA— The San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (SDCHM) is pleased to announce the book signing with Murray K. Lee, author of Elephant and the Indians: My Grandfather, the “Elephant,” a Chinese Railroad Worker, Captured by Indians. Murray Lee has re-imagined his grandfather’s odyssey into an exciting tale of intrigue, action, and cultural exchange.

Murray Lee’s book signing will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Chuang Archive and Learning Center. Lee will be on hand to meet and greet guests, read and sign his book. In conjunction with Lee’s book signing, the series of paintings for Elephant and the Indians illustrated by Mona Mills, will be on display at the Museum from June 25 through July 13, 2016.

Chinese men and women crossed the Pacific Ocean to find wealth and prosperity in “Gold Mountain” in order to escape the widespread poverty of their homeland. Lee Yik-Gim, a Chinese man who worked on the Northern Pacific Railroad in the 1880s, had an extraordinary experience of his own. Native Americans captured him and he lived with them for two years before arriving in Baltimore. This extraordinary story is one of the many scenarios of what could have happened during this unique encounter of a Chinese immigrant and Native American tribe.

Murray K. Lee is the Curator of Chinese American History at SDCHM. He has made presentations to local schools, colleges, and organizations and given papers at national conferences. He received his BA and MA at George Washington University in Washington DC, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He has extensive professional experience in the supervision of geographic and cartographic research and graphic design in the production of map, atlases, publications, visual presentation, and exhibits. He is a World War II veteran having served as a US Merchant Marine. He is a member of the Congress of History, the La Playa Trail Association, and the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association.

Mona Mills is a professional creative artist well known for her many public murals and sculptures, which include the national award-winning San Diego County Legends Project, world famous Chicano Park Historical Monument, Heritage of the Americas Museum, six San Diego County Public Libraries, and World War Two Flying Museum. Mills is also a writer/poet and an illustrator who specializes in the figure in historical settings. As a creative oil painter, she has exhibited in numerous one-artist shows.

Chuang Archive and Learning Center: 541 B Second Ave., San Diego, Ca 92101

Admission: $5 for adults, free for SDCHM members and children 12 and under

About SDCHM:

SDCHM’s mission is to create a deeper understanding of China and Chinese America through programs in education, culture and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our diverse San Diego community. Located in the heart of San Diego’s downtown Asian Pacific Historic District, SDCHM is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with special events, exhibitions, and programs. Over the past twenty years, SDCHM has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors, collected thousands of ethnographic artifacts, and hosted hundreds of educational programs and exhibitions. Today, SDCHM remains a platform for celebrating multiculturalism, enriching the community, and showcasing San Diego as an international cultural tourist destination.

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