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Holding Up More Than Half the Sky: Chinese Women Garment Workers in New York City, 1948-92. Bao looks at the dramatic 1982 strike of 20,000 Chinese-American garment workers (most of them women) and explores the profound transformation of family culture that enabled this uncharacteristic militancy and organized protest. Bao conducted more than a hundred interviews, primarily with Chinese immigrant women who were working or had worked in the Chinatown garment shops and garment-related institutions in the city. Blending these poignant, often dramatic personal stories with a detailed history of the garment industry, Chinese immigrant labor, and the Chinese community in New York, Bao shows how the high rate of married women participating in wage-earning labor outside the home profoundly transformed family culture and with it the image and empowerment of Chinese-American women. Through the words of the women workers themselves, Bao shows how their changing positions within their families and within the workplace galvanized them to unite and stand up for themselves. Passionately told and prodigiously documented, this is an important contribution to Asian-American history, labor history, and the history of women.

Holding Up More Than Half the Sky

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    Xiaolan Bao
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    University of Illinois Press

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