Letter From a Chinese Miner

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 30, 2018

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Submitted: August 30, 2018



Dear Ma and Ba,

How are you? I hope you are in the pink of health. I miss you a lot. If you don’t want to hear sinister news, throw this letter into the fire immediately. Here goes………


Today is definitely my worst day at the goldfields. The Big Racism war started today. You might be wondering what the Racism War. It is a name for this war. Well, we Chinese call it as Racism War because it is caused by racism. Believe me, this is all Chinese’s worst nightmare. We Chinese get bullied by the Europeans because of our different cultures and beliefs, opium smoking and gambling. Many get hurt and there is a slight chance that you might even die! These bullying have happened before often but it hadn’t be worse than this before. Here is what happened…………….


“Yes!” “Finally!” I looked up, I saw my best friend, Chin Hua jumping for joy. “I found gold! Gold!” Our eyes all shined when we saw the huge piece of gold. Everybody exclaimed and started chatting loudly. Well, maybe too loud, because the Europeans overheard us. In no time at all, they walked over to our mining site. “Well, well, well, what do we have here?” one of them said in a low voice. There was no need for us to look up to see who it was. We all knew that it was the Europeans, here to create trouble for us again. “I’ll take this.” The Europeans snatched the gold away from Chin Hua’s hands. I couldn’t take this anymore, I wanted to stand up for my friend, but I was afraid.” And you, I suppose you helped him?” The Europeans said coldly. I then knew I was in trouble. The Europeans would always seize the opportunity to bully as many people as they can. ‘No, you stinkin’ monster! You have always bullied us but it will never happen again!” I finally found my courage. I stood up for myself and all Chinese. However, unfortunately for me, the Europeans grabbed me by the hair and kicked me in the stomach.

While I was recovering from the pain and shock, they threw the 12 kilograms gold at Chin Hua.

But when I had got hold of myself, I saw blood everywhere. I smelt fear and blood. I saw the piece of gold that Chin Hua found, in ……………. in his head! I guessed immediately that the Europeans threw it at Chin Hua and a corner went in. I cried and cried. I really detest the mean Europeans. I was so angry that I started swearing. I was completely lost after that, I can’t sleep now, and I don’t think I will ever be able to for a very long time.


So that is the tragedy. May my life get better soon. Hope you are still well after reading this.


Your son,

Chin Jing

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