Book Excerpt! Sewing Women, by Margaret M. Chin (introduction)

A new and illuminating perspective on New York’s garment industry and the dynamics of work among today’s immigrants through a carefully argued and insightful comparison of Chinese- and Korean-owned garment shops and their Chinese and Hispanic workers. This richly-textured account, based on in-depth qualitative research, makes fascinating reading and will be of great interest to scholars and students of contemporary immigration, ethnicity, work, and gender.

~Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Hunter College of the City University of New York, author of From Ellis Island to JFK: New York’s Two Great Waves of Immigration

We’re wrapping up this week’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month feature with an excerpt from Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry by Margaret M. Chin. In this piece, Chin reflects on her experience in researching modern garment factories and why she chose to study this topic. Learn how immigration, gender, and ethnicity are central to understanding this history and get the roadmap for this fascinating book.

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