1906 Chinese Immigrant’s Lacquer Trunk

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 9/3/2020

In 1906 Ng Shee Lee packed her clothes and belongings in this trunk and left China for America. It was a difficult trip. She slept next to the noisy engine room; arriving tired and sick in San Francisco she was met by the devastating 1906 earthquake. Ng Shee then made her way alone by train across Canada to New York where she rejoined her husband, Lee B. Lok.

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