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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 American history from Princeton University and a master’s degree from Harvard University. Fluent in Mandarin, 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.

He is the author of nine books, including The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902: Immigrant Housewives and the Riots that Shook New York City, which won gold medals in the 2021 Independent Publisher Book Awards and the 2020-21 Reader Views Literary Awards; The Third Degree: The Triple Murder that Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice, which won a gold medal in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards and Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York's Chinatown. He is also co-author of the best-selling Cultural Revolution Cookbook and Now You're Talking Mandarin Chinese.

He has published articles in Smithsonian magazine, The Atlantic, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Seattle Times, the China Business Review, Tablet Magazine, The Forward, China Heritage Quarterly, Howard Magazine, Bucknell Magazine, 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
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Other Books by Scott D. Seligman

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In The Great Kosher Meat War of 1902, immigrant Jewish women take to the streets of the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1920 to protest a quantum jump in the price of kosher meat that put it out of the reach of many observant families.  

  Part murder mystery, part courtroom drama and part landmark legal case, The Third Degree tells the true, but forgotten story of a young man’s abuse by the police and his arduous, seven-year journey through the legal system that helped lay the pipe for the Supreme Court's famous Miranda decision.

 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, 2020, 2021 Scott D. Seligman