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Report: Archives Of Biography And History In The God Of Luck: A Conversation With Ruthanne Lum McCunn

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In the God of Luck (2007), a wife in China discovers that her husband is "on board a devil-ship headed for Peru, a country even further away than Gold Mountain on the other side". So unfolds Ruthanne Lum McCunn's novel, which revolves around family and the love of a husband and wife, encumbered by cultural traditions but challenged by changing destinies. When researching for God of Luck, the author came across references to captured men who formed attachments to each other during the middle passage. So emotionally intertwined did some of the men become that when buyers came on board in the New World to pick out whom they wanted as laborers, couples would plead to be taken by the same buyer. The author was deeply moved by these accounts and wanted very much to include this aspect of the trade in God of Luck.

Keywords: China; cultural traditions; God of luck; Ruthanne Lum McCunn



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