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Julia Flynn Siler with Leslie Berlin

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025 (map)

From New York Times best-selling author and journalist Julia Flynn Siler, comes the moving story of San Francisco’s Occidental Mission Home, known in 1874 as the gateway to freedom for thousands of enslaved and vulnerable young Chinese women and girls. Siler tells the story of the courageous group of female abolitionists who ran the Mission and the young women daring to flee the slave trade.

Women reaching across racial and class barriers to fight the enslavement of other women in the 1800s still resonates strongly today - from #MeToo to the proposed Muslim immigration ban, this true story of women, immigration, and racism offers valuable insight into caring for our fellow humans.

On May 21st, Siler will be in conversation with Stanford Historian Leslie Berlin to pull back the curtain on a remarkable chapter of Chinatown’s history and celebrate the larger stories of women’s empowerment in her revealing new book: The White Devil's Daughters: The Fight Against Slavery in San Francisco's Chinatown.