September Book Club: Heather Moore (The Paper Daughters of Chinatown)

Thursday, September 16, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Join us on Zoom for our September book club meeting to discuss The Paper Daughters of Chinatown with author Heather B. Moore. The meeting will be in webinar format, so your audio and video will not be activated. Only the author and our host, Elizabeth, will be visible and audible. You may type questions and comments into the Q&A and chat functions of the webinar.


Based on true events, The Paper Daughters of Chinatown is a powerful story about a largely unknown chapter in history and the women who emerged as heroes.

In the late nineteenth century, San Francisco is a booming city with a dark side, one where a powerful underground organization-the criminal tong-buys and sells young Chinese women into prostitution and slavery. These "paper daughters," so called because fake documents gain them entry to America but leave them without legal identity, generally have no recourse. But the Occidental Mission Home for Girls is one bright spot of hope and help.

Told in alternating chapters, this rich narrative follows the stories of young Donaldina "Dolly" Cameron, who works in the mission home, and Mei Lien, a "paper daughter" who thinks she is coming to America for an arranged marriage but instead is sold into a life of shame and despair.

Dolly, a real-life pioneering advocate for social justice, bravely fights corrupt officials and violent gangs, helping to win freedom for thousands of Chinese women. Mei Lien endures heartbreak and betrayal in her search for hope, belonging, and love. Their stories merge in this gripping account of the courage and determination that helped to shape a new course of women's history in America.



Heather B. Moore is a USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. She's lived on both the east and west coasts of the United States, including Hawaii, and attended school abroad including the Cairo American College in Egypt, and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about anything in history and, as an author, is passionate about historical research.

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The Paper Daughters of Chinatown Cover Image
ISBN: 9781629729374
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Shadow Mountain - September 7th, 2021