Irish Luck, Chinese Medicine is the story of improbable allies, an Irish single mother and a Chinese physician, that combines fictional elements with the history of construction of the transcontinental railroad and clashes between coal mine bosses and union agitators. The novel is loosely based on the life of my great grandmother who emigrated from Ireland in 1881 (fact) and her lover, who come from China to San Francisco (fiction) with his family in 1865. The book includes themes of multiculturalism, injustice, and child labor against the backdrop of the Catholic Church in 19th Century America. With our current immigration crisis and #metoo movement, I wanted to tell the story of how a woman’s entrepreneurial spirit charts a path enabling her family to survive.
Mr. Tousi has passed his craft onto his son and daughter, who work alongside him in his shop, which has stood on Guadalupe St. since 1985. We'll ask Mr. Tousi about that and more on this episode of Uncommon Interviews with your host Chuck Bazel.