Local author, illustrator publish nonfiction book about Chinese asylum seekers imprisoned in York

thelongescapeAuthor Judy Wolfman and illustrator Brett Greiman, both of York, have published a book about the true story of 286 Chinese people seeking asylum in America, some of whom ended up in York County Prison.

“The Long Escape!” details the struggles of Chinese people who sought refuge in America rather than obey the one-child policy imposed by their government.

According to a press release, the asylum seekers

“gave Snakeheads (smugglers) thousands of dollars to go to America on board the Golden Venture cargo ship. In 120 days, they traveled 17,000 miles, finally arriving in America June 6, 1993, only to run aground at Rockaway Beach, N.Y. Several of the asylum seekers drowned, a few escaped, but most were sent to detention centers. One hundred and fifteen men went to York County Prison … where they remained for almost four years.”

About the author

Judy Wolfman, a retired teacher, has published a 10-book “Life on a Farm” series, a collection of scripts and nine children’s plays, as well as various magazine articles, short stories and poems. Her most recent book, “Not My Time,” is a historical fiction story of a Holocaust survivor.

About the illustrator

Brett Greiman, an artist based in York, designed the cover of “The Long Escape!” and provided several illustrations for inside. He is an illustrator, graphic designer, muralist and fine art artist whose works can be found in private and corporate collections.

“The Long Escape!”

The book was published April 10 through Black Rose Writing. It is available directly from the publisher or on Amazon.com, where a Kindle version is also available.

About Stacia M. Fleegal

York Daily Record multiplatform journalist. Degrees in creative writing from Lycoming College and Spalding University, and a coupla books with my name on them. Central PA native who came home after floating around for a while, but always grounded by words and the places and people I remember.
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