Cockeysville, MD (PressExposure) July 13, 2009 -- Announcing the arrival of Accidental Heroes, Accidental Villains (www.edchung.net), a novel about a Chinese family's struggles with war, revolution, diaspora, love, and the Triads. Follow the Lee family as it traverses continents and the centuries. See one man's rise from the obscurity of the California gold rush to preeminence in the underground realm of one of the world's oldest civilizations. Feel the humility, the passion, and the turmoils of subsequent generations as they become embroiled in China's tumultuous history since the Qing Manchus.
Lee Sing Mun left China in 1857 for the United States, first to search for gold and later to work on the railroads. The Chinese Exclusion Act, and a gang of racist thugs, forced him to return to China, and to his wife, in 1882. Little did he suspect that this was the beginning of his family's intimate role in the next 150 years of Chinese history. Nor did he dream that one day, his legacy would span a multinational enterprise caught in a vicious circle of honour and sin.
Will the Lee family ever escape the cycle of crime and violence that has haunted it for generations?
Accidental Heroes, Accidental Villains is available now at Amazon.com, Justbookz.com, edchung.net and various other outlets.
Accidental Heroes, Accidental Villains is Ed Chung's first novel. Chung is an award-winning academic who has published widely in applied anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, among others. Originally from Hong Kong, he moved to Canada when he was 17, and has lived and worked in different cultures since. He currently holds a tenured faculty position in a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania and lives in Maryland with his family.