TONG WARS: the untold story of vice, money and murder in new york's chinatown    
About the Author

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Scott D. Seligman is am award-winning writer, a historian and a career “China hand.” He holds an undergraduate degree in American history from Princeton University and a master's degree from Harvard University. Fluent in Mandarin, he lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China for eight years and reads and writes Chinese. He has worked as a legislative assistant to a member of the U.S. Congress, lobbied the Chinese government on behalf of American business, managed a multinational public relations agency in China, served as spokesperson and communications director for a Fortune 50 company and taught English in Taiwan and Chinese in Washington, DC.

He is the author of nine books, including The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots that Shook New York City, which won gold medals in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the 2020-21 Reader Views Literary Awards; The Third Degree: The Triple Murder that Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice, which won a gold medal in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards and The First Chinese American: The Remarkable Life of Wong Chin Foo. He is also co-author of the best-selling Cultural Revolution Cookbook and Now You're Talking Mandarin Chinese.


He has published articles in the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the China Business Review, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, China Heritage Quarterly, The Cleaver Quarterly, Bucknell Magazine, Howard Magazine, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center blog, the New York History blog, the Granite Studio blog and Traces, the Journal of the Indiana Historical Society. He has also created several websites on historical and genealogical topics. He lives in Washington, DC. You can visit the author's website here and his Facebook page here.


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