Post by Leader of the Barbarian Juns on Feb 2, 2006 10:54:29 GMT -5
Chinese-Irish marriages in the 1800s New York... Excerpt from The Chinese in America, pp. 110-2, by Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking
Unlike other European immigrants, Irish women often migrated alone, without their families, and sometimes outnumbered Irish male arrivals two to one. It was natural, then, for these women to form relationships with those of an immigrant population that suffered a serious shortage of women. As early as 1857, Harper\'s Weekly took note of marriages between Chinese cigar vendors and Irish apple peddlers in New York. By the end of the decade, the New York Times noted that most owners of Chinese boarding houses were married to either Irish or German women.