Li Keng was born in 1926 in Goon Doo Hahng, Hoishan (also known as Toishan), Guangdong, China, and came to the U.S. in 1933 at the age of seven. She grew up in Oakland Chinatown and still lives in the city of Oakland. With her mother and two sisters, she spent six days on Angel Island until they were able to reunite with her father. Li Keng taught elementary school for over thirty-five years and in 2006 wrote a book for young people about her life called Good Fortune: My Journey to Gold Mountain, which includes extensive details about her time on the island.
(Please see Robert Gomez's video about Li Keng, "The Rainbow's End." See more of Robert Gomez’s work on his website.)
Li Keng’s book received the 2007 NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People and the 2007 award from the Bank Street College of Education for Best Children’s Books of the Year (Memoir Category).
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