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Everyone in the community knows and references Patrick’s books about the Chinese Jamaicans. (They are even referenced by narrators in some of these oral histories.) They continue the work started by his father Lee Tom Yin, who authored the essential The Chinese in Jamaica (1957) and The Chinese in Jamaica (1963). (Lee Tom Yin, in turn, was inspired by the family history books (jiapu) that can be found in many ancestral Hakka villages throughout China.

On top of all this, you couldn’t ask for a more pleasant and informative conversation partner than Patrick; hence his place among the first group of narrators.

It should also be noted that, like a few other participating narrators, Patrick was part of the original working group assembled by Ray Chen to discuss the possibility of an oral history project in 2015.

– Daniel Clarkson Fisher

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