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A Makeover for Chinatown’s Garment Industry

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Visitors to the address would have found an entirely different scene ten or fifteen years ago. Before it was a fashion headquarters, the building was a garment factory...
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a good depiction of the historical changes in the sweat shops of the garment industry that was once the major source of work, albeit, slave labor, for Chinese immigrant women in NY, (and SF), but no longer today.
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Growing up in NY Chinatown’s sweatshops

Growing up in NY Chinatown’s sweatshops | Chinese American Now | Scoop.it

old link to openthecity.org doesn't work... try this youtube link:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8pUEteH0xU

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Two Chinese insiders who grew up watching their mothers working in garment factories in NY Chinatown describe working conditions and how owners circumvented regulations. 

 

Thomas Yu and May Wong Lee talk about the garment factories in which their parents worked. Thomas grew up in Loisada public housing, left the neighborhood to study international diplomacy at Harvard, and came back to oversee over $45 million's worth of affordable housing in the neighborhood, on behalf of Asian Americans for Equality. May Wong Lee also left the neighborhood to live in Queens for a while, but she now works as Assistant Principal at PS 42, the elementary school she attended on Hester and Orchard.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8pUEteH0xU

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