November 3: Chinese-American History: Three Coins – A Young Girl’s Story of Kidnappings, Slavery and Romance in 19th Century America

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Dr. Russell Low, author of “Three Coins,” will enthrall participants with a true Chinese-American story. “Three Coins” touches on the themes of human trafficking, immigration, cultural and racial discrimination, violence, and romance. These themes are as relevant today as they were 140 years ago.

Russell is a physician with a passion for discovery and storytelling. His discoveries in the medical field have changed the way that his world-wide colleagues practice medicine and image disease. Discovery of his own roots began 30 years ago through the stories of his parents and their siblings. Growing up in Central California, Russell felt more American than Chinese. He had a limited and incomplete connection to Chinese culture and history. Discovering the 1903 Hong family photograph among the belongings of 100-year-old great Uncle Kim sparked a decades-long search for the stories behind the photograph. “Three Coins” presents these stories.

In his searches, Russell came across a 130-year-old newspaper notice titled “Villainous-looking Chinese after a Chinese Girl.” In the article, he recognized his great-grandparents’ names, but the romantic drama it uncovered shook the core of his family’s belief in who they are and how they came to be Americans.

Russell frequently lectures on Chinese-American history. His family’s story has been featured on the History Channel, National Public Radio, Public Radio International, the Voice of America, the California State Railroad Museum, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

The first five (5) people to register will receive a complimentary copy of “Three Coins.” Brookline Booksmith will also carry the book if you want to read it prior to the lecture. You may also order a copy directly from Dr. Low at

Note: This is an online lecture from 7-9pm.

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