Him Mark Lai - 麥禮謙 (1925-2009), noted Chinese-American genealogist,historian has
Him Mark Lai, a noted historian of the Chinese American experience,died at his San Francisco home on May 21 after suffering from cancer and its complications. He was 84.
Mr. Lai was an expert on the history of Chinese and Chinese Americans from the time of the first Asian settlement in California just beforethe Gold Rush to the present day. He wrote and edited 10 books and more than 100 scholarly articles on Chinese American life - a field that was mostly ignored by non-Asian historians
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