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A Chinese View of the Statue of Liberty

A Chinese View of the Statue of Liberty

Creator: Song Bo, Saum

Repository: Library of Congress

Preferred Citation:
The sun (New York [NY]), 30 June 1885 Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers Lib of Congress https://chroniclingamericalocgov/lccn/sn83030272/1885-06-30/ed-1/seq-2/... (read more)

The sun. (New York [N.Y.]), 30 June 1885. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83030272/1885-06-30/ed-1/seq-2/

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Transcription:
“A paper was presented to me yesterday for inspection, and I found it to be specially drawn up for subscription among my countrymen toward the Pedestal Fund of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty Seeing that the heading is an appea... (read more)

“A paper was presented to me yesterday for inspection, and I found it to be specially drawn up for subscription among my countrymen toward the Pedestal Fund of the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty. Seeing that the heading is an appeal to American citizens, to their love of country and liberty, I feel that my countrymen and myself are honored in being thus appealed to as citizens in the cause of liberty. But the word liberty makes me think of the fact that this country is the land of liberty for men of all nations except the Chinese. I consider it as an insult to us Chinese to call on us to contribute toward building in this land a pedestal for a statue of liberty. That statue represents Liberty holding a torch which lights the passage of those of all nations who come Into this country. But are the Chinese allowed to come? As for the Chinese who are here, are they allowed to enjoy liberty as men of all other nationalities enjoy it? Are they allowed to go about everywhere free from the insults, abuse, assaults, wrongs, and injuries from which men of other nationalities are free?”

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