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Episode 29: The White Devil's Daughters




Thank you to everyone who has made Season 2 of the podcast a fantastic success! With this being our last episode of 2019, I have stepped aside and let the show's Patreon Patrons decide who I should invite on the podcast, and they made an excellent choice.

 

My guest today is New York Times bestselling author and journalist Julia Flynn Siler. A graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Julia has two decades worth of experience reporting the news from dozens of countries across North America and Europe. Her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, and the New York Times, and she has been a guest commentator on NPR, CBS, and the BBC.


Julia kindly joins me from the West Coast via Skype to discuss her newest book, The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown. In our time together, Julia and I discuss the reasons for the mass migration of Chinese immigrants to California in the 1800s, the slave trade that arose between China and San Francisco's Chinatown long after slavery was officially abolished in the United States, and the women who ran the Occidental Mission Home that rescued and housed thousands of former slave girls who had been brought into the United States for forced prostitution and domestic servitude. 

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Key Points in Today's Podcast

Some of the major topics I discuss with Julia in this episode are:

  • How and why large numbers of Chinese men migrated to the United States in the mid-1800s

  • Criminal tongs that oversaw a transpacific sex slave trade

  • Early efforts to rescue prostitutes from Chinatown

  • Donaldina Cameron and the rescue work of the Occidental Mission Home

  • How the Home transformed some of its residents' lives


For the Ever Curious

If you are interested in learning more about the Occidental Mission Home or Julia Flynn Siler, consider checking out these resources:

To learn more about Julia Flynn Siler, visit www.juliaflynnsiler.com.

Books by Julia Flynn Siler:

The White Devil's Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown

Lost Kingdom: Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America's First Imperial Adventure

The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty

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