Mai Ling / #2Played by Caroline Chan
While very few women joined the first waves of Chinese immigration to America, toward the end of the 19th century, more families sent daughters, believing they’d become servants. Only it was more often prostitution that awaited them. That’s the fate of Sun Foy, Mai Ling, Ghee Moon, Ye Fung, and Ging Wa, five girls from five different families who become a family of their own to survive. Sun Foy is their natural leader, Ye Fung the tragic beauty, and little Ging Wa, hobbled by her bound feet, is the one who needs them all the most. Together, they’re strong enough to endure life under Cap’n Fender until their path crosses with that of Tom Harte and Print Ritter.