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Author Siler, Julia Flynn, author.

Title The white devil's daughters : the women who fought slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown / Julia Flynn Siler.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.


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Edition First edition.
Description xii, 423 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Note "This is a Borzoi Book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [359]-406) and index.
Summary "A revelatory history of the trafficking of young Asian girls that flourished in San Francisco during the first century of Chinese immigration (1848-1943) and the "safe house" on the edge of Chinatown that became a refuge for those seeking their freedom. From 1874, a house on the edge of San Francisco's Chinatown served as a gateway to freedom for thousands of enslaved and vulnerable young Chinese women and girls. Known as the Occidental Mission Home, it survived earthquakes, fire, bubonic plague, and violence directed against its occupants and supporters--a courageous group of female abolitionists who fought the slave trade in Chinese women. With compassion and an investigative historian's sharp eyes, Siler tells the story of both the abolitionists, who challenged the corrosive, anti-Chinese prejudices of the time, and the young women who dared to flee their fate. She relates how the women who ran the house defied contemporary convention, even occasionally broke the law, by physically rescuing children from the brothels where they worked, or snatching them off the ships smuggling them in, and helped bring the exploiters to justice. She has also uncovered the stories of many of the girls and young women who came to the Mission and the lives they later led, sometimes becoming part of the home's staff themselves. A remarkable story of an overlooked part of our history, told with sympathy and vigor"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Queen's room -- "The cussedest place for women" -- Reveille cry -- "No ordinary person" -- Victorian compromise -- Inked thumbprints -- The celestial quarter -- "To have a little Chinaman" -- Baiting the hook -- Life as a mui tsai -- "A worse slavery than ever uncle tom knew of " -- Dynamite -- Devil's playground -- Chinatown in tears -- Year of the rat -- Instant fame -- Municipal storm -- "Forcing me into the life" -- "I may go to sleep tonight and then find myself in hell!" -- A deathbed promise -- Taking public stands -- Pink curtain -- Courage to fight evil -- The Chinese Mark Twain -- "'Ell of a place!" -- The Lord is my shepherd -- "The stress of circumstances" -- Homecomings -- Municipal crib -- Paper son -- Dragon stories -- Tiny -- Missionaries of the home -- Matchmaking -- The "joy zone" -- Fruit tramps -- "Are you wearing a mask and taking precautions?" -- Quiet defiance -- "Sargy" -- Bessie -- Heavens for courage -- The thwack of bouncing balls -- Little general -- Shangri-la -- Broken blossoms -- Epilogue: "Blessed Tien."
Subject Occidental Mission Home -- History.
Human trafficking -- California -- San Francisco.
Social work with prostitutes -- California -- San Francisco -- History.
Chinese -- California -- San Francisco -- History.
Women abolitionists -- United States -- History.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History.
California -- San Francisco.
United States.
Chinese. (OCoLC)fst00857169
Emigration and immigration. (OCoLC)fst00908690
Human trafficking. (OCoLC)fst01739818
Social work with prostitutes. (OCoLC)fst01123546
Women abolitionists. (OCoLC)fst01177039
California -- San Francisco. (OCoLC)fst01204481
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
United States -- Immigration and emigration.
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Online version: Siler, Julia Flynn, author. White devil's daughters First edition. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019 9781101875278 (DLC) 2018054367
ISBN 9781101875261 (hardcover)
1101875267 (hardcover)
9781101875278 electronic book
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