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The White Devil’s Daughters 
Thursday, May 7, 7:30pm, Library Reading Room
Join us when bestselling Bay Area author Julia Flynn Siler shares her latest book, The White Devil’s Daughters, at the San Anselmo Public Library -- a riveting, revelatory history of the trafficking of young Asian girls that flourished in San Francisco during the first hundred years of Chinese immigration (1848-1943) and the safe house that became a refuge for those seeking their freedom. 

Beginning in 1874, the Occidental Mission Home on the edge of San Francisco’s Chinatown served as a gateway to freedom for thousands of enslaved young Chinese women and girls. Run by Donaldina "Dolly" Cameron (know to her enemies as the White Devil of Chinatown), Tien Fuh Wu, and other courageous female abolitionists, it survived earthquakes, fire, bubonic plague, and violent attacks. With compassion and an investigative historian’s eye, Siler tells the story of this remarkable safe house and shares the moving stories of these girls and young women who sought refuge at the mission. The White Devil’s Daughters is a remarkable chapter in an overlooked part of our history, a story of exploitation, resistance, and hope. 

Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, was a finalist for the James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributer and former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on CNBC, CNN, and the BBC. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and her two sons.

Previous Tunstead Live events:

  • October 2019: Wine Through the Ages
  • June 2019: Shipwrecks of Marin
  • February 2019: Hollywood Pioneer Rita Lakin
  • June 2018: Sauce Piquante Cajun-Creole Concert
  • February 2018: Tango: A Romantic Ritual
  • October 2017: Love and Ghost Stories from South of the Border with Olga Loya
  • June 2017: Kitka Trio Concert
  • October 2016: Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California
  • June 2016: Then and Now: Railroads in our Backyards
  • February 2016: Island Journeys: a Hawaiian and Hula Dance Showcase
  • October 2015: The Mysterious Stranger: Chilling Poems and Spooky Stories of Edgar Allan Poe
  • June 2015: The Landscape of the Great Highland Bagpipe
  • February 2015: San Anselmo Public Library’s 100th Birthday Party
  • November 2014: Opera Night with Golden Gate Opera
  • February 2014: History of Chocolate
  • November 2013: The Author’s Journey
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