Glossary

S.R.O. – single room occupancy

lai see – Chinese red envelopes, used to gift money (good luck)

coolie – indentured servant; an unskilled Asian worker; laborer under contract to an employer for a fixed period of time in order to pay off debt

immigration – migration into a place, especially migration to a country of which you are not a native in order to settle there

exclusion – the act of forcing out someone or something; to bar (someone) from entering; to keep out; to expel; to put out

pagoda – an Asian temple; usually a pyramidal tower with an upward curving roof

eaves – the overhang at the lower edge of a roof

racism – discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race; to treat another race as inferior

Gum Saan – what the Chinese called America; “Gold Mountain”

anti-miscegenation – to ban interracial marriage between members of two different races

massacre – to kill a large number of people indiscriminately; slaughter