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Julia Flynn Siler’s “The White Devil’s Daughter: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown”

October 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In this era of #MeToo, anti-immigrant discrimination, and the ongoing scourge of human trafficking, a timely new book examines our city’s own history of sex trafficking of Asian girls through the inspirational story of two women immigrants, a Scot and a Chinese, who joined forces to face these challenges. Please come hear San Franciscan journalist and writer Julia Flynn Siler tell this fascinating story in her new book, The White Devil’s Daughters,an unsparing look at the trafficking of young women from China, Japan and Korea through the brothels of San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th and early 20th century and the extraordinary efforts led largely by women to fight to end sexual slavery in our city. Julia also brings to light the remarkable and little-known story of Yamada Waka, a young Japanese girl kidnapped and forced into prostitution, who escaped the brothels, returned to Japan and became one of Japan’s top feminists and activists in the pre-war period.

Don’t miss this look at San Francisco’s history which remains very relevant today.

Date: Wednesday, October, 30, 2019

Program Agenda
5:30-6:00      Registration and Networking
6:00-6:05      Welcome (Larry Greenwood, President of Japan Society )
6:05-6:10      TOTO welcome
6:10-6:40      Julia Julia Flynn Siler Presentation (Larry introduces)
6:40-6:50      Q&A to Julia
6:50-7:05      Emily Murase presents on anti-trafficking
7:05-7:10      Q&A for Emily
7:10-7:45      Networking & Dinner

*Gourmet Japanese meal is included!

TOTO Concept 190

190 King Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States



Julia Flynn Stiler



Julia Flynn Siler is a New York Times best-selling author and journalist. Her most recent book, The White Devil’s Daughters: The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown (Knopf, May 2019), is a New York TimesEditors’ Choice. Her other books are Lost Kingdom: Hawaii’s Last Queen, the Sugar Kings, and America’s First Imperial Adventure. Her first book, The House of Mondavi: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, was a finalist for a James Beard Award and a Gerald Loeb Award for distinguished reporting. A veteran journalist, Siler is a longtime contributor and former staffwriter for The Wall Street Journal and has been a guest commentator on the BBC, CNBC, and CNN. She lives in Northern California with her husband and their two sons.







Emily Murase



Dr. Emily Murase is Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, the only such public agency nationally, and manages a budget of $7 million and a professional staff of 7. Her groundbreaking work advancing women’s human rights has earned national and international honors, including the 2010 Gender Equality Award from the UN Institute for Training and Research. Previously, Dr. Murase served in the first Clinton White House as Director for International Economic Affairs. As a mother of two, she became the first Japanese American elected to the San Francisco Board of Education in 2010, served as President in 2015, and is completing her second term. Dr. Murase is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the U.S. Japan Council. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she holds a master’s in Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego, a PhD in Communication from Stanford as well as first-class certification in Japanese language proficiency.






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October 30, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


TOTO Concept 190
190 King Street
San Francisco, CA 94107 United States
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