This novel portrays a major social change in the Chinese community during the 1950’s and the 1960’s. Before 1949, the Chinese Exclusion Act prohibited Chinese laborers from bringing their families to the United States. These so-called “bachelors” usually had wives in China, with whom they reunited only occasionally to have children. The lack of family life caused these men to live dissipated lives, gambling and visiting prostitutes. After 1949, new brides crossed the Pacific Ocean and started to change the communal scene in Chinatown. The impact of their arrival reached its climax in the 1960’s when the “bachelor” lifestyle became moribund. Author Louis Chu did not achieve fame or financial success with this book because his unexotic, realistic depiction of early Chinese Americans was not attractive to American readers. With this novel, however, Chu succeeded in bringing the issue of Chinese American communal life to public attention.