One-half of Deux Lectrices, writing about the things I read.
By “the house,” she meant Ms. Cameron’s. Donaldina Cameron had been helping girls and women brought over from China for more than twenty years. A lot of the females were sold into domestic slavery or prostitution once they arrived in the city, as they were illegal immigrants. Jasper had worked for Ms. Cameron as a rescuer and, on occasion, a protector. That’s how he had first met Mei—when he rescued her from being sold to a merchant.
I'm pleasant surprised that Cross is daring to mention that, yes, Chinese immigrants faced a shitton of racism. However, most of the racism Mei has faced so far has been at the hands of the author describing her look and mannerisms, so we'll have to see.