Lee was born and raised in Queens. His father, formerly a welder, owned a hand-laundry business. His mother was a seamstress. In the sixties, he attended Queens College, studying history. At the time, young people like Lee were trying to figure out what it meant to be Asian-American , a category that had only recently come into being.
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She performed for the crowds by using chopsticks and speaking in Chinese. Eventually she toured up and down the East Coast, and by was performing as part of a P. Barnum show. There are no more records of what became of Afong Moy.
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San Francisco's most renowned Chinese madam planned to sue a notorious Chinese leader for extortion. She promptly outsmarted him by doing something she never could have done in China -- threatening to take him to court. Plaintiff and Defendant "Miss Atoy knows a thing or two, having lived under the folds of the Star-spangled Banner for three years and breathed the air of Republicanism, and she cannot be easily humbugged into any such measures.