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About the Author

Scott D. Seligman is an award-winning writer, a historian, a genealogist, a retired corporate executive and a career “China hand.” He has an undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University with  concentration in American civilization and a master’s degree from Harvard University. Fluent in Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese, he lived in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China for eight years and reads and writes Chinese.

He has worked as a legislative assistant to a member of the U.S. Congress, lobbied the Chinese government on behalf of American business, managed a multinational public relations agency in China, served as spokesperson and communications director for a Fortune 50 company and taught English in Taiwan and Chinese in Washington, DC.

Scott is the author of The Third Degree: The Triple Murder that Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice (Potomac Books, 2018), Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York's Chinatown (Viking Books, 2016), Three Tough Chinamen (Earnshaw Books, 2012), Chinese Business Etiquette (Grand Central Publishing, 1999) and Dealing With the Chinese (Warner Books, 1989) and co-author of the best-selling Cultural Revolution Cookbook (Earnshaw, 2011) as well as Now You’re Talking Mandarin Chinese (Barron’s Educational Series, 2006) and Chinese at a Glance (Barron’s, 1985 and 2001).

He has published articles in Smithsonian magazine, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the China Business Review, the Jewish Daily Forward, Howard Magazine, Bucknell Magazine, China Heritage Quarterly, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center blog, the New York History blog, the Granite Studio blog and Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. He has also created several websites on historical and genealogical topics. He lives in Washington, DC.

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Author's photo: Courtesy of Yoma Ullman.



The Remarkable
Life of 

Wong Chin Foo

Other Books by Scott D. Seligman

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 A true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution and opium: the Chinese gang wars that engulfed New York’s Chinatown from the 1890s through the 1930s.


Three Tough Chinamen is the true story of three scrappy and ambitious brothers. Late 19th century Chinese immigrants to America, they had come to stay. The trio fought hard for their share of the American dream, spoke out against injustice and defied laws to defend their interests.

 Business is booming as thousands flock to China to seize explosive opportunities. But knowing the protocol and being aware of cultural differences is a must. Chinese Business Etiquette provides advice on how to succeed, avoid gaffes, interpret behavior and make positive impressions.

Written with Sasha Gong, The Cultural Revolution Cookbook tells of the 17 million city youth “sent down” to the countryside from 1966-1976. Life was hard, but they learned to prepare tasty and healthy dishes with the fresh, wholesome foods in season. These authentic recipes are easy to prepare in an American kitchen.

Written with I-chuan Chen, this illustrated phrasebook for travelers is perfect as a take-along guide for visitors to China. It features general information and bilingual lists of 1,500 most-often-used words and expressions for travelers, with phonetic spellings, Chinese characters and English translations. 

© 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 2018, 2019 Scott D. Seligman