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Guide to the Asian Garment Workers in New York City Oral History Collection OH.018

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Collection processed by Unattributed Tamiment staff and David A. Olson

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 19, 2014
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Finding aid created by David A. Olson, incorporating description by unattributed Tamiment staff. Updated in 2014, when additional materials were located. 2014

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Nguyen, Bichiluyen
Title: Asian Garment Workers in New York City Oral History Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1989-2004
Abstract: The collection consists of interviews of garment workers who came to New York City from Vietnam, China, the Philippines, and California. Interviews are primarily with International Ladies Garment Workers' Union members and staff (especially Local 23-25) and its successor organization the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE), but one interview is with a garment manufacturer. Topics covered include emigration to the United States, working conditions, joining the ILGWU, major strikes, the effects of globalization on the garment industry and unions, and unique challenges in organizing in the Asian-American community. The majority of the interviews were taken in 1989 by Bichiluyen Nguyen of NYU's History Department. Interviews were taken in English, Chinese or Vietnamese, and indexes or transcripts exist in English for all interviews.
Quantity: 1.0 linear feet in 1 card catalog drawer and one shared manuscript box.
Language of Materials note: Materials are in English, Vietnamese, and Chinese.
Call Phrase: OH.018