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Tea That Burns

Tea That Burns

A Family Memoir of Chinatown

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  • Free Press | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743236591 | 
  • January 2002
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Chapter 1
There are ghosts in Chinatown. They're all there, lined up, waiting to see me whenever I venture down Mort Street, squeezing past the crowds inspecting the sidewalk vendors' fruit or firecrackers or windup birds that really fly. There are ghosts of men and women, some in exotic clothes, some gambling, bent over little ivory tiles, some eating. No, everyone's eating. Inside a certain shop, there is the ghost of a man in a broad-sleeved jacket, with a long braid, working on an intricate work of art. On a tiny street, a vintage black Cadillac, driven by a little man with a big cigar, careens away from the curb, full... see more

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