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