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The Fortunes Symbols & Objects

Peter Ho Davies
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Gold Coin

Ling received his first gold coin from Charles Crocker, his employer. Ling was obsessed with earning gold. He believed his mission was to come to America and earn gold and amass wealth. Ling decided to spend his coin by hiring Little Sister for her services as a prostitute. Ling surrendered his coin and hoped he would get it back, but Little Sister would not give it back to him. This showed Ling that Little Sister understood their encounter as a transaction, something to earn money off of, not just sleeping together as friends or lovers. Little Sister always had a mind for money and looked at the world as a way to be her own boss. She and Ling talked about starting a business together. She eventually did go on to found a successful brothel.

Chinese queue

Traditionally, Chinese men wore their hair in a...

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