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

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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Unattributed Tamiment staff and David A. Olson

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 01, 2018
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 3 (Index) Paul Bui

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Bui's youth in Vietnam, immigration to the United States, the clothing business that Bui owned in the Bronx, and his views on challenges contracting with clients and negotiating with unions.

Mar 15, 1989
Box: 1 Cassette : 3 (Master cassette)
Box: 1 Cd : 1 (Access cd)
Box: 1 Cassette : 6 (Master cassette) Muzaffar Chishti

Scope and Content Note

The interview discusses Chishti's work with undocumented workers during his years as director of the Immigration Project at the ILGWU. Topics include the union's activities to aid such workers, social and legal concerns, and lobbying activities.

May 21, 2004
Box: 1 Cd : 2 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 6 (Transcript)
Box: 1 Cassette : 4A-B (Master cassette) Shui Mak Ka

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of Ka's youth and education in China and Hong Kong and her work in the People's Republic of China there as a doctor. Also covered are different working conditions in textile industry in Chicago and New York, strikes in early 1980s, disputes with Italians, and worker wages.

Apr 25, 1989
Box: 1 Cd : 3-5 (Access cd)
Box: 2
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Connie Ling

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of youth in Philippines and Hong Kong, immigration to United States, activities as a business agent for union, and strike in Chinatown shops.

May 12, 1989
Box: 1 Cassette : 5 (Master cassette) Katie Quan

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussion of strikes in the 1980s, union's education department, Coalition of Labor Union Women, new immigrants, and real estate in New York City and Chinatown.

Apr 20, 1989
Box: 1 Cd : 6-7 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 5 (Index)
Box: 1 Cassette : 2 (Master cassette) Kieu Tran

Scope and Content Note

Topics discussed include youth in Vietnam, conditions in factories and for textiles workers who work at home, wages, and employment with Paul Bui's Princess Mai Company.

Mar 15, 1989
Box: 1 Cd : 8 (Access cd)
Box: 2 Folder : 2 (Index)
Box: 1 Cassette : 7 (Master cassette) "The Asian-American Labor Movement: An Oral History of the Organization of the Chinatown Garment Shops" (Includes interviews with Jay Mazur, Wing Fong Chin, Edgar Romney, and May Chen)

Scope and Content Note

"The Asian-American Labor Movement: An Oral History of the Organization of the Chinatown Garment Shops" is a four-interview project compiled by Winifred Chin, a visiting scholar at New York University's Asian/Pacific/American Institute. The resulting document contains transcribed interviews with Jay Mazur, Wing Fong Chin, Edgar Romney, and May Chen, all who were involved with UNITE or its predecessor ILGWU. It also includes Jay Mazur's "Globalization and Governance" and "Globalization's Dark Side" as attachments. Subjects discussed include the 1982 labor rally in Columbus Park, the effects of globalization on the garment industry and unions, and unique challenges in organizing in the Asian-American community. An audio recording of the interview with Wing Fong Chin is also available.

Mar 2004
Box: 2
Box: 1 Cd : 9 (Access cd)