Books by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Vita of Ruthanne Lum McCunn

1007 Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114
Phone: (415) 282-6627


Best Adult Fiction, 2008, God of Luck, Chinese American Librarians Assn.
Notable Book, 2008, God of Luck, Kiriyama Prize
Laureate, San Francisco Public Library, 2008
All-School Read: The Moon Pearl, Mercy High School, 2008
Spirit Award, Chinese Historical Society of America, 2007
Washington Reads, WA State Library, Thousand Pieces of Gold, Winter 2006
Rathdrum Reads, Rathdrum Public Library, Thousand Pieces of Gold, Spring 2006
Laureate, San Francisco Public Library, 1997
Asian American Achievement Award, OCA San Mateo County Chapter, 1997
Best Fiction, J. F. McDonnell Award, 1997, Wooden Fish Songs, Women's Heritage Museum
Distinguished Achievement Award, 1991, National Women's Political Caucus
Outstanding Academic Book, 1990, Chinese American Portraits, Choice
Best Book, 1985, Nonfiction Adventure, Sole Survivor, SW Booksellers Assoc.
American Book Award, 1984, Pie-Biter, Before Columbus Foundation

Writer: 1979 to present
Lecturer: Graduate Writing Program, University of San Francisco. Summer 1993, Spring 1996
Asian American Literature, Cornell University, Spring 1989
Creative Writing, University of California, Santa Cruz, Spring 1988
Guest Artist: Artist-In-Residence, The School District of Philadelphia, 2001
Artist-In-Residence, Basement Workshop, NYC, 1984
Teacher: High School English
Junior High School English as a Second Language
Gifted English and Chinese Bilingual/Bicultural
S. F. School District, 1974-78
Harding Elementary School, Santa Barbara, CA, 1970-73
Librarian: Harding Elementary School, Santa Barbara, CA, 1969-70

Chinese Yankee. San Francisco: Design Enterprises, 2014
Co-editor with Judy Yung and Russell Leong,
Him Mark Lai: Autobiography of a Chinese American Historian,
UCLA Asian American Studies Center and Chinese Historical Society of America, 2011
God of Luck New York: Soho Press, 2007
Wooden Fish Songs. Seattle: Univ. of Wash. Press, 2007
The Moon Pearl. Boston: Beacon Press, 2000
Sole Survivor. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999
Pie-Biter. Arcadia: Shen's Books, 1998.
Chinese American Portraits:.Personal Histories 1828-1988. Seattle: Univ. of Wash. Press, 1996
Chinese Proverbs. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 1991
Thousand Pieces of Gold. Boston: Beacon Press, 1989
An Illustrated History of the Chinese in America. San Francisco: Design Enterprises, 1979
"Antonio Dardelle," "Chinese in the Civil War," "Christopher Wren Bunker & Stephen Decatur Bunker," "Him Mark Lai," "Hong Neok Woo," "John Tomney," "Joseph Pierce," "Judy Yung," "Lue Gim Gong," "Polly Bemis (Lalu Nathoy)" "Poon Lim," "Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way)."
Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, and Political Change. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2014
"Reclaiming Polly Bemis: China's Daughter, Idaho's Legendary Pioneer"
Portraits of Women in the American West, NY: Routledge, 2005
Idaho Yesterdays, Vol 46, No 2, Spring/Summer 2005
Frontiers, Vol 24, No 1, 2003
"Reclaiming Chinese America: One Woman's Journey," Amerasia Journal, Spring 2000
"Chinese in the Civil War: Ten Who Served," Chinese America: History and Perspectives, 1996
"What Makes a Library," The Main Story, 1995
"Lue Gim Gong: A Life Reclaimed," Chinese America: History and Perspectives, 1989
"Chinese Americans: A Personal View," School Library Journal, 1988
"Chinese American Literature: An Overview," Yihai, 1985


The above books have been translated into one or more of the following languages:
Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Greek, Indonesian, Mongolian, Norwegian, Portuguese Romanian, and Spanish.
The above books have been adopted as texts in courses on
Women's Studies, U.S. History, Literature, Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies.


Publications Committee, Chinese Historical Society, 1985-2009
Fiction Panel, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, 1999
Essay Contest Committee, Chinese for Affirmative Action, 1997
San Francisco Council of Neighborhood Libraries, 1993-1994
Fiction Contest Committee, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 1991
Essay Contest Committee, California Assn. of Bilingual Education, 1991
Advisory Committee, Zellerbach Fund, Voices of Liberty Project, 1988-1990
Panel of the California Arts Council, 1990, 1991
Board of Directors, Chinese Historical Society of America, 1987-88
Committee of Management, Chinatown/North Beach YWCA, 1982-87
Advisory Board, Asian American Women's Anthology, Asian Women United, 1984-86
Advisory Board, Chinese Women of America Exhibit, Chinese Culture Center., 1980-82
Panel, Legal Compliance Committee, California State Board of Education, 1980
Panel of the California State Library Services Board, 1979
California State Committee for Evaluation of Textbooks for State Adoption, 1977-79

Notable Asian Americans
The World Who's Who of Women
International Authors and Writers Who's Who
U.S. Writers, Editors and Poets
Contemporary Authors
Education: B.A., University of Texas, 1968
Elementary and Secondary Life Teaching Credentials, 1969, 1974
Languages: Cantonese and English