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Robert Lee, left, sending off his cousins from Hong Kong to the U.S. in 1955.

(Courtesy Robert Gee) Robert Lee, left, sending off his cousins from Hong Kong to the U.S. in 1955.

“In the early 1900s, the business model was to send Chinese men to the U.S. to work and support families in China.

(Courtesy Robert Gee) Robert Lee, center, and Wai Hing Lee pose at their wedding in 1962 with his sister Wai Lee Hom, left, and brother-in-law, William Hom, and their two boys.

However, the Chinese men began to replace those women as early as the mid-1800s because of the shortage of Chinese women.

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