Dragon's Gate

Dragon's Gate

Laurence Yep / Jun 19, 2019

Dragon s Gate In Otter travels from Three Willows Village in China to California the Land of the Golden Mountain There he will join his father and uncle In spite of the presence of family Otter is a stranger

  • Title: Dragon's Gate
  • Author: Laurence Yep
  • ISBN: 9780064404891
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1867, Otter travels from Three Willows Village in China to California the Land of the Golden Mountain There he will join his father and uncle.In spite of the presence of family, Otter is a stranger among the other Chinese in this new land And where he expected to see a land of goldfields, he sees only vast, cold whiteness But Otter s dream is to learn all he can,In 1867, Otter travels from Three Willows Village in China to California the Land of the Golden Mountain There he will join his father and uncle.In spite of the presence of family, Otter is a stranger among the other Chinese in this new land And where he expected to see a land of goldfields, he sees only vast, cold whiteness But Otter s dream is to learn all he can, take the technology back to the Middle Kingdom, and free China from the Manchu invaders.Otter and the others board a machine that will change his life a train for which he would open the Dragon s Gate.

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      • Laurence Yep

        Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep Franche Lee, her family s youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry Yep s father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood After troubling times during the Depression, he was able to open a grocery store in an African American neighborhood Growing up in San Francisco, Yep felt alienated He was in his own words his neighborhood s all purpose Asian and did not feel he had a culture of his own Joanne Ryder, a children s book author, and Yep met and became friends during college while she was his editor They later married and now live in San Francisco.Although not living in Chinatown, Yep commuted to a parochial bilingual school there Other students at the school, according to Yep, labeled him a dumbbell Chinese because he spoke only English During high school he faced the white American culture for the first time However, it was while attending high school that he started writing for a science fiction magazine, being paid one cent a word for his efforts After two years at Marquette University, Yep transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz where he graduated in 1970 with a B.A He continued on to earn a Ph.D in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1975 Today as well as writing, he has taught writing and Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara.


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    1. I chose to read this YA historical novel because it was part of my kid’s school curriculum but I hadn’t realized it was the third novel in a 10-book series. No matter; this read as a complete story in itself with a beginning, a middle, and an end and I was quite satisfied to read it as a stand-alone novel (although, it’s quality will likely result in my seeking out the other books in the series).As I understand it, the series as a whole relates the lengthy tale of the Youngs family of Thre [...]


    2. Cleanliness:Attitudes/Disobedience - 10 Incidents: A boy is known to be a bully and mocks a boy in town. A boy sulks about how he’s not regarded as anyone of importance. A boy lies about where he goes. His father told him not to hang around a certain boy but he does. A boy brags about how his teacher “wore out three bamboo sticks switching me.” A man and a boy get into a fight - partly due to racial prejudice. “It didn’t matter what our fathers thought.” A man and a boy get into a fi [...]


    3. This is my all time favorite book for young adults, and is also a great tie between literature and fiction. Yep is the only author of children's fiction I know of who includes a bibliography at the end of his book, to show he is informed and well-researched, even though he has chosen the vehicle of fiction.Chinese Americans came toward the end of the gold rush. A few got lucky, but most were too late. China was on the brink of civil war; the Manchu Dynasty was on the throne, with the help of the [...]


    4. Dragon’s Gate is a wonderful historical fiction book that engages the reader at the start. Laurence Yep created exceptional characters that are well-rounded and intriguing, but what stayed with me were the surprising twists in the plot line. The story line is tightly plotted with each event leading to the next. Yep uses foreshadowing to suggest what will happen in the story. In addition, Yep builds tension throughout the story as Otter witnesses and is part of numerous moments of cruel treatme [...]


    5. Dragon's Gate is a great book that is not only interesting, but also informative. Most people know about the transcontinental railroad, and they might know that it was built by the Chinese and Irish, but only a handful of people know about the harsh conditions and lack of pay and food that these workers faced. Being historical fiction, Dragon's Gate tells the tale of Otter and his journey to America - the "Golden Mountain." Dragon's Gate is well-written and Lawrence Yep, the author, has won two [...]


    6. I'm a Yep fan, and Dragon's Gate only increased my appreciation for his ability as a storyteller. Since I'm also always interested in the 1850s during the Gold Rush and the building of the Trans-Continental Railroad, this was a perfect story for me.Yep paints a cold picture of how the Chinese labored under wicked condition--little food, severe weather, grueling back-breaking labor and discrimination. A proud man from China was treated as less than human, paid less than his Anglo co-workers, and [...]


    7. book i was told to read at age 6 by my school teacher to learn about asian america since it wasnt important enough to be in the curriculum and I met Laurence Yep a few weeks ago and we had an interesting conversation about it!


    8. While this book had some slow sections, overall it was very interesting and my kids and I enjoyed getting a different perspective on the building of the transcontinental railroad. We often celebrate these moments of history in America without appreciating all the groups of people who suffered and died while making it happen.


    9. This is a historical fiction for young adults. It started of a little slow but is overall an interesting read. It covers the struggles the Chinese went through to build a tunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains.


    10. Historical Fiction about the Chinese workers that came to the Golden Mountain to build the railroad. It had some action and some historical information about the time but I did not love it. I used it as a book club choice paired with Social Studies. Lots of characters for kids to keep straight.


    11. I thought that the book was ok. There wasnt much action until the end of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who liked Rainbow People.


    12. Wonderfully told account of Chinese immigrants who are unfairly treated while achieving the seemingly impossible task of creating a tunnel for train travel.



    13. It was a terrific book. This can be reflected in todays world when people share different contracts because they know how much this person needs their job. Children labour, still exists in todays world with the exact or worse working conditions. I really liked the contrast between the 2 different lives. The first one where he is treated normally, with a very wealthy family, and the second where he is treated with no respect and is working without a choice of leaving or changing work.


    14. Title: Dragon's Gate: Part of the Golden' Mountain Chronicle.Author: Laurence YepIllustrator:Date of Publication: 1993Award: Newberry Honor BookGenre: Juvenile Fiction, Historical FictionSummary: A young boy who lives in China acidentllly kills a Muanchu official and has to flee to America to join his father, uncle and other Chinese workeer in building a tuunnel for the transcontinental railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains in 1867. Although Otter was eager to venture into the unknon, he [...]


    15. "You can learn to change the world or go on being changed by it." —Dragon's Gate, p. 35 When I think of the nationwide railroad that was built in America during the nineteenth century, I tend to picture a young Abraham Lincoln driving in railway spikes, tough young guys hardening their muscles and working at all hours and through the night, and a spirit of general camaraderie that united our country in its fledgling days. I did not, prior to reading this book, think of thousands of imported Ch [...]


    16. Timely read considering I'll be visiting San Francisco for the first time in December. I have to admit I knew very little about the history of Chinese Americans other than how instrumental they were, and poorly treated, in the building of the railroads. This book drives that point home. The author was successful in making me feel like a prisoner in the time-altered interior of a cold, dark mountain. It felt downright claustrophobic at times. Uncomfortable--and I think that was Laurence Yep's int [...]


    17. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here.I rated this novel WARTY!This novel was about a Chinese kid emigrating to the USA to escape the Fu Manchu who were after him in his native land. He thought he was heading for a life of riches, but he was so wrong.He figured he'd have the easy ti [...]


    18. Dragon's Gate takes place from 1865 to 1869. Otter's father and uncle are welcomed home as heroes anytime they return from living and working in the "Land of the Golden Mountain" (also known as California). Otter especially admires his Uncle Foxfire and wants to go with him to work in the U.S. What Otter doesn't know until an accident forces him to join them in California, is that their work is the back-breaking labor of tunneling through the Sierras for the transcontinental railroad. Not only i [...]


    19. The book, Dragon's Gate by Laurence Yep was based on the true story of the Chinese immigrants coming to America in the 1860's. The Chinese immigrant in this story is Otter. When he went to America, he is a Stranger among everyone else. He dosen't know anybody until he met Sean. Sean is really different from everyone else. Sean is white, not asian. He have green eyes instead of brown. He is the only boy who had freckles in the group. That part I felt that Otter is having more confidence because h [...]


    20. Dragon's Gate is about a character who's name is called Otter who was adopted in china to two parents from the Three Willows Village. And how they are experiencing in the Opium War between China and the European countries and the Manchus who are invading there village and china . In the story,Otter wanted to help the village by going to America,California and getting new technology for there village, but Otters Mom did not accept him to go to America, because she believed that it might of been t [...]


    21. I find Dragon's Gate a very well written book that includes varying sensations that range from love to hate and from frustration to pride. This book gives you a clear understanding of the hardships and discrimination faced by Chinese workers whilst building the railroad. Dragons gate was an overall great book. It had some really important lessons, like learning to stand up for yourself, the definition of being brave, and how to fight as a team. This book is great for learning more about the hist [...]


    22. I read this because it was a choice on my son's required-reading list. I can't say I enjoyed it much or could really recommend it but it was informative. The main character is Otter, who lives in the mid-1800s in China. His father and uncle have emigrated to America to work on the railroads, and are the richest men in the village, treated like kings when they come home occasionally to visit. However, when events conspire to send Otter to America, he find that conditions for Chinese working on th [...]


    23. The book is definitely okay. It's a historical fiction. that tells the story of the Central Pacific Railroad's Chinese workers as they cut through the Summit Tunnel in Donner Pass. It tells the background of the strike in 1865.There was a strong side-line about trying to gain knowledge and technology to bring it back to China to help drive out the Manchus as well as the English and their opium. However, that didn't work so well for me as did the story in the mountains. I think they should have b [...]


    24. This was a well-written, very realistic and believable historical fiction. Another example of racial injustices which, unfortunately, have been very prevalent in many time periods of our country's history. This example of such unfair treatment was one I had never heard about - Asians in the Sierra Mountains laboring in harsh conditions to pave the way for the revolutionary transcontinental railroad in America. From a historical point of view, it was well-written and obviously well-researched wit [...]


    25. This is the story of Otter, a Chinese boy who joins his father and uncle in America to work on the railroad. It's part of the Golden Mountain Chronicles. The books stand alone, though, or at least this one does. I just picked out a couple from the series that sounded the most interesting (this one and one about the 1903 SF earthquake) to try it. The writing's pretty good, though, so I may eventually try to get the rest.[return][return]Sadly, I didn't actually know much about this particular bit [...]


    26. In the 1860s the Manchu governed China allowing the British to continue peddling opium creating addicts even in Otter's remote village. When his father and uncle return to after finding Gold in California, they're treated like kings. Uncle Foxfire insists they return the US to learn more about technology including how to create huge locomotives run on steam to help rebels opposed to the Manchu. Otter resents being left behind but an argument with a Manshu results in his sudden departure for Cali [...]


    27. 1994 Newbery Honor BookThis is one of two Laurence Yep books on the Newbery list. According to the author's note, it was started around the same time as Dragonwings but was not completed until much later. It is also historically accurate. Yep did extensive research on the working conditions in the railroad labor camps which are accurately portrayed in the book.Otter is a teenage Chinese boy who comes to America after he kills a man in China. His father and uncle are already working for the railr [...]


    28. This is a Chinese cultured book, but i'm telling you guys. It's not boring! It's the time when chinese people just started to open their minds and attention to the world and the American people always keeping their eyes on Gold rushes. The main character accidentally kills a chinese soldier who was trying to hurt his friends so he migrates to America's golden mountain nearby the Rocky mountains where his dad works. He suffers pain from frost and brutal cruel from other people because he's the yo [...]


    29. I thought that this book wasn't very interesting at first, but as i kept reading it got better. The further i read on, the more I liked the book. The main character, Otter, went through a lot of troubles. I enjoyed being able to read it from his point of view. It gave me a different perspective on the situations. I even felt a little bad after some of the events, such as the death of a character. Otter learns so much from his journey to America. If you want to learn a little more about the olden [...]


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