The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown - Julia Flynn Siler

In 19th Century San Francisco's Chinatown only 1 in 10 people were women, and most of them were forced into prostitution, trafficked by criminal tongs. In today’s episode, meet the Scottish sewing instructor Donaldina Cameron and the women she collaborated with and helped escape from sex slavery between 1870 and 1930. This week on Inflection Point: Julia Flynn Siler talks about her new book The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Prepare yourself for bomb scares and bubonic plague quarantines, court cases and crowdfunding efforts. Join us in what is, ultimately, a conversation about standing up to a broken society, and how women can help women rise up.

Recorded at the Bay Area Book Festival in May 2019 as part of their Women Lit programming.

Photo courtesy of Julia Flynn Siler

Photo courtesy of Julia Flynn Siler

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas co-Founders Tracey Taylor and Lance Knobel, of Berkeleyside

Tracey Taylor and Lance Knobel are the co-founders of the "hyper-local" news site Berkeleyside.com and Uncharted, The Berkeley Festival of Ideas. We discuss the difference between having power and having ideas, and how the Uncharted line up is diverse by design, unlike other conferences which lean toward the usual (white, male) speakers. Listen in on iTunes or NPR One.

Tickets are on sale at berkeleyideas.com. Uncharted 2016 runs October 14th and 15th in Berkeley.  I'll be talking with author Ruth Whippman on Saturday the 15th. 

TRACEY TAYLOR

TRACEY TAYLOR

LANCE KNOBEL

LANCE KNOBEL