Bride Price
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
Life in California’s early Chinese communities was challenging and dangerous, particularly for women. Discriminatory laws made it harder for women to emigrate, leading to a severe gender imbalance in California’s Chinatowns.  Eve of Exclusion Initially, the gender gap was a result of American employers’ perception that men were a more desirable form of cheap labor. However, the exclusion of women quickly became a mechanism for preventing Chinese communities from taking root in America. Yut Ho was fortunate to arrive before the Page Act of 1875, which severely restricted emigration of Chin ..read more
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Outlaws
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
This episode introduces some key players in the story of the Chinatown Massacre, and gives some background about the social and political conditions for Chinese Immigrants in Wild-West California. Yut Ho and Ah Choy are based on historical figures. For more information about them, a great resource to check out is “The Chinatown War,” by Scott Zesch, who has collected and attempted to decode a number of primary sources contemporary with the events in this story. Accounts of the lives of Chinese miners are scarce and unreliable. The  closest thing we have to a primary source (in English) is ..read more
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Heathens
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
In this episode, we are introduced to Christianity through the eyes of Yut-Ho’s Gwailo marriage to Lee Yong in a Christian church. Can you imagine being married in the holy place of a foreign religion without having any context for the iconography all around you?  Understandably, Yut Ho  is horrified by the sight of Jesus nailed to the cross, “his head hanging down in an attitude of infinite pain and weariness.”  She understands the pendant cross hanging from his neck as the Chinese symbol for the number ten. And in Mother Mary, she sees Guan Yin, goddess of mercy and serenity ..read more
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Beasts of Prey
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
Sam Yuen Sam Yuen is one of the larger-than-life characters that drive the historical narrative of the LA Chinatown massacre. Historical sources paint a picture of a laconic, stoic-minded business leader whose traditional methods and lack of adaptability made him and his company vulnerable to disruption.  Sam Yuen was the leader of a conservative faction who thought that the Chinese community should restrict its contact with outsiders as much as possible. They were willing to provide services to wealthy non-Chinese residents of the surrounding area, but they did not go into business with ..read more
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The Widow
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
This episode addresses one of the most important and neglected aspects of early Chinese immigrants’ experience in California.  Relations between Chinese immigrants and their Anglo counterparts were not always hostile. Despite the fact that there were few women in California when Chinese men started arriving, sometimes relationships would form. The only references to such relationships that we have in the primary sources have to do with the Anglo establishment’s attempts to prevent them. Some examples include rhetoric associating Chinese men with drug use and debauchery. See pg. 30 of this ..read more
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Now Releasing: Blood on Gold Mountain
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
Los Angeles, 1871, was the murder capital of the Wild West, and nowhere was wilder or more dangerous than Chinatown.  Blood on Gold Mountain is an original storytelling podcast, which follows the journey of Yut-Ho, a young woman who arrives in LA as a refugee, only to become embroiled in a love intrigue, a gang war, and one of the deadliest race riots in American history.  Set in a vivid Western landscape and based on true events, Blood on Gold Mountain brings to life this little-known chapter of history, when the six-gun was the only law on the dusty streets of LA.   Blood ..read more
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Iron Horse Road: a Tale from Gold Mountain
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
Iron Horse Road: a Tale from Gold Mountain recounts one of the great untold epics of American history: The story of the Chinese laborers–neither truly enslaved nor truly free–who built the most rugged stretches of the Transcontinental Railroad. More than 150 years ago, these Gold Mountain Men tunneled through mountains, dangled over cliffs, and dragged entire trains over alpine summits where other Americans feared to tread. The prosperity of the gilded age was founded on their blood, sweat and grit, but their story has long been suppressed, minimized and forgotten. For Iron Hors ..read more
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Jianchi/ Perseverance
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
Act One of the play Jianchi/Perseverance is based on the outbreak of bubonic plague in 1900 in San Francisco Chinatown, which led to suspicion and demonization of Chinese who were identified with the “China plague,” a term used to describe the bubonic plague. The history of Chinese in San Francisco is a fraught affair. Drawn at first by mid-nineteenth century stories of riches to be found in “Gold Mountain” (California) just for the working, many impoverished Chinese laborers left home to escape war and famine, and to earn money to send to their starving families. Most arrived too late fo ..read more
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Blood on Gold Mountain
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
By some lights, this episode is what Blood on Gold Mountain is all about. The Massacre.  This episode has been very difficult in every way. How do you make something good or beautiful out of a mass murder? How do you take the experience of being a perpetual foreigner, persecuted and exploited, mocked and belittled, and turn it into something redemptive?  This episode has taught me the answer: You don’t. You just do what you have to do. This episode is about love, and loss. It’s about the people who have everything torn away by the casual cruelty of others, the people who step outside ..read more
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The Underworld
Blood on Gold Mountain
by Micah Huang, Hao Huang, and Emma Gies
4M ago
If there’s one person who could be said to truly be at the center of the 1871 LA Chinatown drama, it might be Yo Hing. While Yut Ho’s love intrigue was nominally the reason for the conflagration of Chinatown’s ongoing gang conflict, it would never have happened if it hadn’t aligned with Yo Hing’s plans.  Yo Hing represents a side of Chinese America that both Western nativists and Chinese assimilationists are reluctant to face. Ironically, he also represents the embodiment of many of the nominal ideals of American society and the West in particular. Originality, adaptability, multicultural ..read more
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