Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem
Spanning four generations and moving between New York, Jamaica, and China, a powerful memoir that is a universal story of one woman's search for her maternal grandfather and the key to her self-identity.
Thanks to her spiteful, jealous Jamaican mother, Nell Vera Lowe was cut off from her Chinese father, Samuel, when she was just a baby, after he announced he was taking a Chinese bride. By the time Nell was old enough to travel to her father's shop in St. Ann's Bay, he'd taken his family back to China, never learning what became of his eldest daughter. Bereft, Nell left Jamaica for New York to start a new life. But her Asian features set her apart from her Harlem neighbors and even her own children--a difference that contributed to her feeling of loneliness and loss which she instilled in her only daughter, Paula.
Years later, with a successful corporate career behind her and the arrival of her only grandchild raising questions about family and legacy, Paula decided to search for Samuel Lowe's descendants in China. With the support of her brothers and the help of encouraging strangers, Paula eventually pieced together the full story of her grandfather's life, following his story from China to Jamaica and back, and connecting with 300 surprised relatives who were overjoyed to meet her.
Finding Samuel Lowe is a remarkable journey about one woman's path to self-discovery. It is a story about love and devotion that transcends time and race, and a beautiful reflection of the power of family and the interconnectedness of our world.
Finding Samuel Lowe includes a 16-page black-and-white photo insert and photos in the text.
African American women -- Race identity
Hakka (Chinese people)
Hakka (Chinese people) -- Jamaica
Madison, Paula Williams
Madison, Paula Williams -- Family
Racially mixed people
Racially mixed people -- Race identity -- United States
Racially mixed people -- United States -- Biography
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|display_description||"This powerful debut tells the story of Paula Williams Madison's Chinese grandfather, Samuel Lowe. He became romantically involved with a Jamaican woman, Paula's grandmother, and they lived together modestly with their daughter in his Kingston dry goods store, Chiney Shop. In 1920 his Chinese soon-to-be wife arrived to set up a "proper" family. When he requested to take his three-year-old daughter with him, Paula's jealous grandmother made sure that Lowe never saw his child again. That began an almost one-hundred-year break in their family."--publisher.|
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|subject_facet||African American women -- Race identity, Autobiography, Hakka (Chinese people) -- Jamaica, Madison, Paula Williams -- Family, Racially mixed people -- Race identity -- United States, Racially mixed people -- United States -- Biography|
|title_display||Finding Samuel Lowe : China, Jamaica, Harlem|
|title_full||Finding Samuel Lowe : China, Jamaica, Harlem / Paula Williams Madison|
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|topic_facet||African American women, Family, Hakka (Chinese people), Madison, Paula Williams, Race identity, Racially mixed people|