Free, Indentured, Enslaved: Chinese Prostitutes in Nineteenth-Century America

  title={Free, Indentured, Enslaved: Chinese Prostitutes in Nineteenth-Century America},
  author={Lucie Cheng Hirata},
  journal={Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society},
  pages={3 - 29}
  • L. C. Hirata
  • Published 1 October 1979
  • Economics, History
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
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