Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown

A deeply reported look at the Chinese immigrant community in the United States, casting a new light on what it means to seek the American dream Nearly three years ago, journalist Lauren Hilgers received an unexpected call. Hello, Lauren! a man shouted in halting Mandarin. We might be seeing you in New York again soon! The voice belonged to Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese man who A deeply reported look at the Chinese immigrant community in the United States, casting a new light on what it means t...

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Title:Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown
Author:Lauren Hilgers
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:0451496132
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown Reviews

  • Cheri
    Mar 22, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

  • Elyse
    Apr 16, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

  • Laurie
    Feb 18, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

    The author spent six years in China, and had been back in America two years when a contact from her expatriate time phoned her suddenly, saying he would see her soon in New York. This was totally unexpected, although she knew that Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan, were hoping to...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jun 13, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

  • SibylM
    Mar 13, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

  • Susan
    Apr 09, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

  • Katelyn
    Jan 25, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Apr 16, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Dec 02, 2017

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

    The author spent six years in China, and had been back in America two years when a contact from her expatriate time phoned her suddenly, saying he would see her soon in New York. This was totally unexpected, although she knew that Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan, were hoping to...

    Patriot Number One is the story of a Chinese man named Zhuang Liehong who ends up in New York after leaving his own Chinese village during political upheaval. The author captures the struggles and trials of living as an undocumented immigrant in America during this time and what Liehon...

    Being an chinese immigrant, I was immediately drawn ...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction reads. This story of a Chinese family who seeks asylum in the United States, while highly personalized and deeply characterized, touches on universal themes of freedom, the meaning of family, immigrant striving, and the American dream. Reading thi...

    Although confusing at times, this book is a somewhat captivating look at what it's like to be a Chinese immigrant in New York; as well as what it's like to protest corrupt government officials in a village in China. Zhuang Liehong helped lead a protest in Wukan, Guangdong province in 2...

    Lauren Hilgers has written a fascinating engrossing look at immigrants the desire for the American experience family traditions .Drew me in from the first pages reads like a novel very timely book for today?s political climate.Highly recommend.Thanks @crownpublishing@netgalley for ad...

  • Meag McKeron
    Mar 19, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

  • Blessedmomfxs
    Apr 04, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

  • Danielle
    Mar 23, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

  • Nada
    Jul 23, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

  • Ellen
    Jan 15, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

  • Lesley
    Mar 12, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

  • Jill Dobbe
    Mar 11, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

  • Liz
    Feb 24, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

  • Jordan
    Mar 07, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

    The author spent six years in China, and had been back in America two years when a contact from her expatriate time phoned her suddenly, saying he would see her soon in New York. This was totally unexpected, although she knew that Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan, were hoping to...

    Patriot Number One is the story of a Chinese man named Zhuang Liehong who ends up in New York after leaving his own Chinese village during political upheaval. The author captures the struggles and trials of living as an undocumented immigrant in America during this time and what Liehon...

  • Jan
    Feb 18, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

  • Fran
    Feb 14, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

  • Laura
    Mar 09, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

  • Lynne
    May 10, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

  • SundayAtDusk
    Jan 28, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

    The author spent six years in China, and had been back in America two years when a contact from her expatriate time phoned her suddenly, saying he would see her soon in New York. This was totally unexpected, although she knew that Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan, were hoping to...

    Patriot Number One is the story of a Chinese man named Zhuang Liehong who ends up in New York after leaving his own Chinese village during political upheaval. The author captures the struggles and trials of living as an undocumented immigrant in America during this time and what Liehon...

    Being an chinese immigrant, I was immediately drawn ...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction reads. This story of a Chinese family who seeks asylum in the United States, while highly personalized and deeply characterized, touches on universal themes of freedom, the meaning of family, immigrant striving, and the American dream. Reading thi...

    Although confusing at times, this book is a somewhat captivating look at what it's like to be a Chinese immigrant in New York; as well as what it's like to protest corrupt government officials in a village in China. Zhuang Liehong helped lead a protest in Wukan, Guangdong province in 2...

  • Nancy
    Mar 28, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

  • Hazel
    Apr 05, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

    The author spent six years in China, and had been back in America two years when a contact from her expatriate time phoned her suddenly, saying he would see her soon in New York. This was totally unexpected, although she knew that Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan, were hoping to...

    Patriot Number One is the story of a Chinese man named Zhuang Liehong who ends up in New York after leaving his own Chinese village during political upheaval. The author captures the struggles and trials of living as an undocumented immigrant in America during this time and what Liehon...

    Being an chinese immigrant, I was immediately drawn ...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Mar 18, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

  • Bkwmlee
    Mar 28, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

  • J.D. Dehart
    Nov 16, 2017

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

    The author spent six years in China, and had been back in America two years when a contact from her expatriate time phoned her suddenly, saying he would see her soon in New York. This was totally unexpected, although she knew that Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan, were hoping to...

    Patriot Number One is the story of a Chinese man named Zhuang Liehong who ends up in New York after leaving his own Chinese village during political upheaval. The author captures the struggles and trials of living as an undocumented immigrant in America during this time and what Liehon...

    Being an chinese immigrant, I was immediately drawn ...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction reads. This story of a Chinese family who seeks asylum in the United States, while highly personalized and deeply characterized, touches on universal themes of freedom, the meaning of family, immigrant striving, and the American dream. Reading thi...

    Although confusing at times, this book is a somewhat captivating look at what it's like to be a Chinese immigrant in New York; as well as what it's like to protest corrupt government officials in a village in China. Zhuang Liehong helped lead a protest in Wukan, Guangdong province in 2...

    Lauren Hilgers has written a fascinating engrossing look at immigrants the desire for the American experience family traditions .Drew me in from the first pages reads like a novel very timely book for today?s political climate.Highly recommend.Thanks @crownpublishing@netgalley for ad...

    Clearly written from the start, Patriot Number One explores family, transition, and culture in a powerful and detailed way. I appreciated the author?s talent for description and emotion-invoking prose. This is a book to remember for some time. ...

  • Dong Han
    Mar 28, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

    The author spent six years in China, and had been back in America two years when a contact from her expatriate time phoned her suddenly, saying he would see her soon in New York. This was totally unexpected, although she knew that Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan, were hoping to...

    Patriot Number One is the story of a Chinese man named Zhuang Liehong who ends up in New York after leaving his own Chinese village during political upheaval. The author captures the struggles and trials of living as an undocumented immigrant in America during this time and what Liehon...

    Being an chinese immigrant, I was immediately drawn ...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction reads. This story of a Chinese family who seeks asylum in the United States, while highly personalized and deeply characterized, touches on universal themes of freedom, the meaning of family, immigrant striving, and the American dream. Reading thi...

  • books4life
    Feb 24, 2018

    Update from this morning: There is nothing boring about Lauren Hilger?s writing - It?s raw- personal - and page turning eye-opening. I?m walking away with a better understanding - of ?why? citizens of China who do not speak a word of English - don?t have any family sup...

    5 bold stars to Patriot Number One, a nonfiction masterpiece! ? ? ? ? ? Lauren Hilgers is an American journalist who met a man named Zhuang while reporting on site in his village in China. Zhuang, a free-thinker, had been arrested for staging protests and was labeled...

    Chinatown, in Flushing, Queens, has one of the largest Chinese populations outside Asia. Having lived in Flushing in the 1980's, I traveled on the #7 subway line and shopped on Main Street. Ethnically, the population was mostly of European descent. I was curious about the restructuring...

    4.5 Stars ?And I've been searching for something Taken out of my soul Something I would never lose Something somebody stole ?I don't know why I go walking at night But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life Until I find...

    **UPDATE: After some thought, I decided to up the rating to 5 stars instead of 4.5, as this book had such a profound impact on me, I'm still thinking about it even now. Also added to favorites folder** With the ongoing immigration debate in the U.S. as of late, this book that takes ...

    I am so sorry this will be my last Blogging for Books choice as they are discontinuing. I have loved getting print books, which are so much easier on my eyes. I thank them for the 27 books I reviewed over these last years. Journalist Lauren Hilgers was covering a story of Chinese vi...

    The author spends time in China and while there, befriends a man, Zhuang, who is involved in the politics of Wukan, his hometown, and is labeled as a dissident. He is jailed and once released, finds his way to the U.S. where he hopes to be successful. The account of his life, and that ...

    Although this reads novelistically, it is the true account of a young family from China who manage to forge a new life chasing the elusive American dream. Timely and relevant, it tells how Zhuang feels he must relocate after his experiences as a dissident, and courageously moves with h...

    I won this in a first reads giveaway This is a fantastic illustration of the modern immigrant experience. The author does a wonderful job of character development and showing how hard it is to start over in a new country where you don't know anyone and have to adjust to a whole new se...

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via their First To Read program, and an honest review was requested. "Patriot Number One" tells the story of Chinese democracy and anti-corruption activist Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan. For most of the book, the setting switc...

    I don?t usually read non fiction, but after hearing the author speak at a book event, I was intrigued. This story of Chinese immigrants coming to Flushing, fleeing political persecution on China, is relevant to today?s immigration debate. It was an interesting read, very detailed, ...

    An interesting account of trying to fight for your beliefs both in China and in the U.S.. Struggles of Chinese immigrants are also described. The content is interesting but I didn't get a sense of feeling about the characters (subjects?) of this story. ...

    Patriot Number One opens it's readers to the world of Flushings and the people living in its neighborhood who go unnoticed in our society trying to live out the American Dream or more so their version of the American Dream. The American Dream often times is elusive and the stories shar...

    This is an enlightening look at the ordeal of immigrants in the United States, especially those from China. The focus is primarily on Zhuang and his wife, Little Han, and their sometimes rocky road to find a place for themselves while still trying to stay in touch with the protest move...

    Hilgers tells the true story of a Chinese man, Zhuang Liehong, who escapes to NYC after he helps lead the people of his village, Wukan, in revolt of the government. Leihong and his wife, Little Yan, discover how difficult it is to make it as undocumented, working class immigrants in Am...

    I found the topic of Patriot Number One to be interesting, since I knew very little about political unrest in China or the struggles of Chinese immigrants in America. Through the story of Zhuang and Little Yan, along with some of their friends and acquaintances in America, readers get ...

    This non-fiction book follows a Chinese dissent as he seeks asylum in the US for himself and his family. It highlights the struggles and disillusionment and also exposes a system of bureaucratic mazes and delays and how this community has learned to game the system. The subject of this...

    In 2011, journalist Lauren Hilgers reported from a small village located on the southern coast of China. There, villagers had revolted against corrupt local government when it was discovered their farmland was being sold out from under them to real estate developers. The unlikely leade...

    I don't know about you, but I don't think that I could master reading Chinese characters or even do a credible communication in even one of the many dialects. The reverse of this is true for each of the many Chinese immigrants in New York and elsewhere in the English speaking world. ...

    Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown is the true story of Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese immigrant, and activist. The story begins in Wukan, a small fishing village in Guangdong Province in China. Zhuang, incensed by the corruption in his town, spearheads a movement that he hop...

    In Patriot Number One Lauren Hilgers has created a warts and all story of Zhuang, a semi-literate Chinese dissident, who, with his pretty young wife Little Yan, fights all odds to make a life for his family in the USA. To her credit, Hilgers, who met Zhuang when she spent six years in ...

    Patriot Number One is Zhuang Liehong, a Chinese activist who has sought asylum and made the United States his home. Any immigrant story has two parts - the life they create in their adopted home and the life they leave behind. Going back and forth in time and place, the book by Lauren ...

    The author spent six years in China, and had been back in America two years when a contact from her expatriate time phoned her suddenly, saying he would see her soon in New York. This was totally unexpected, although she knew that Zhuang Liehong and his wife, Little Yan, were hoping to...

    Patriot Number One is the story of a Chinese man named Zhuang Liehong who ends up in New York after leaving his own Chinese village during political upheaval. The author captures the struggles and trials of living as an undocumented immigrant in America during this time and what Liehon...

    Being an chinese immigrant, I was immediately drawn ...

    This is one of my favorite non-fiction reads. This story of a Chinese family who seeks asylum in the United States, while highly personalized and deeply characterized, touches on universal themes of freedom, the meaning of family, immigrant striving, and the American dream. Reading thi...

    Although confusing at times, this book is a somewhat captivating look at what it's like to be a Chinese immigrant in New York; as well as what it's like to protest corrupt government officials in a village in China. Zhuang Liehong helped lead a protest in Wukan, Guangdong province in 2...

    Lauren Hilgers has written a fascinating engrossing look at immigrants the desire for the American experience family traditions .Drew me in from the first pages reads like a novel very timely book for today?s political climate.Highly recommend.Thanks @crownpublishing@netgalley for ad...

    Clearly written from the start, Patriot Number One explores family, transition, and culture in a powerful and detailed way. I appreciated the author?s talent for description and emotion-invoking prose. This is a book to remember for some time. ...

    inspirational an catches what the american dream means for Chinese immigrants perfectly ...