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Holding Up More Than Half the Sky: Chinese Women Garment Workers in New York City, 1948-92 Hardcover – Jul 31 2001


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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (July 31 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252026314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252026317
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 753 g

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"Bao uses her formidable linguistic skills and insider perspective as a female Chinese immigrant who lived with worker families in Chinatown... Distilled from over 100 interviews ... the varied voices of several generations of garment workers are poignant, feisty, articulate, and analytical about their objective conditions and expressive about their subjectivities as workers, immigrants, wives, and mothers." -- Choice "A significant reference for scholars of women's studies, Chinese-American history, immigration history, and labor history." -- Huping Ling, American Historical Review "Offers a nuanced picture of transformations in personal and family life. Particularly successful are the portrayals of women's growing financial and emotional centrality in the family and of relations among Chinese women born in different parts of the world." -- Adam McKeown, Journal of American History "Xiaolan Bao's book makes a significant contribution to the literature on Chinese American historical experiences. ... This excellent case study is a fine example of serious empirical investigation." -- Renqiu Yu, Journal of American Ethnic History "Bao does an excellent job in not only portraying Chinese women workers' work and lives, but also revealing that the Chinese women's labor history in New York's garment industry is also part of American labor history, and they can only fully be understood through the complex interactions of race/ethnicity, class, and gender. -- Wei Li, The Journal of Asian Studies ADVANCE PRAISE "Xiaolan Bao has written a moving and important book about Chinese women in New York City's garment industry. Because of her reliance on more than a hundred oral histories, she makes the women speak for themselves as well as inform the reader. Historians of immigration and women will find this a gem." - David M. Reimers, author of Still the Golden Door: The Third World Comes to America "This monumental study thoroughly examines the peculiar nature and situation of the Chinese female garment workers and their relations within their community and family, with their employers, and with the American unions. Xiaolan Bao's use of interviews, newspapers, and other sources in both Chinese and English makes this work particularly valuable." - Sue Fawn Chung, author of Power and Influence: The Hongmen Zhigongtang, a Chinese Secret Society in the American West

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"Xiaolan Bao has written a moving and important book about Chinese women in New York City's garment industry. Because of her reliance on more than a hundred oral histories, she makes the women speak for themselves as well as inform the reader. Historians of immigration and women will find this a gem." — David M. Reimers, author of Still the Golden Door: The Third World Comes to America

"This monumental study thoroughly examines the peculiar nature and situation of the Chinese female garment workers and their relations within their community and family, with their employers, and with the American unions. Xiaolan Bao's use of interviews, newspapers, and other sources in both Chinese and English makes this work particularly valuable." — Sue Fawn Chung, author of Power and Influence: The Hongmen Zhigongtang, a Chinese Secret Society in the American West

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