MOCATalks with author Jeffrey Staley - Gum Moon: A Novel of San Francisco Chinatown

Thu, Jul 11, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm



Tickets are $15 and include book signing, wine, and Museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today!


Gum Moon (Cantonese for “golden gate”) is the remarkable coming of age story of a Chinese American girl who loses everything—family, friends, and home--but through the gift of music, ends up singing at the White House in 1908 at the age of thirteen. She, along with a group of seven other Chinese American children from San Francisco, later sang in Brooklyn, making the front page of the New York Times. The novel is based on events in the life of the author’s wife’s grandmother.


Dr. Jeffrey Staley has published three academic books and edited three others. He has taught at the University of Portland, Pacific Lutheran University, and most recently at Seattle University where he taught courses on religion and film. Now that he is retired, he can devote his time to travel, writing, and spoiling his two year-old granddaughter. He is the historian of Gum Moon Women’s Residence and Asian Women’s Resource Center at 940 Washington Street, San Francisco.