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The Chinese Laundryman: A Study in Social Isolation Paperback – Jun 1 1988

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: New York Univ Pr (June 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814778747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814778746
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #249,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal

This is a long-overdue publication of a 1953 doctoral dissertation. Concentrating on Chicago, Siu illuminates in exceptional detail important aspects of the life of the Chinese in America. The volume is much more than a specialist's monograph. It is a significant primary source, being the product of a participant-observer and replete with stories, letters, and interviews. In addition, Siu's analysis yields useful insights, particularly about the persistence of Old World traditions and the Chinese laundryman as "sojourner." This excellent study should be of interest to those in ethnic and immigration history and in urban and labor history as well. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries. Roy H. Tryon, Delaware State Archives, Dover
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Paul Chan Pang Siu, the son of a laundry worker, studied sociology at the University of Chicago under Ernest Burgess and Louis Wirth. Afterwards, he worked as a social worker in Boston's Chinatown during the 1940s and then taught sociology for twenty years. he retired as Chairperson and Professor of Sociology from the Detroit Institute of Technology in 1971. His essays have appeared in the "American Journal of Sociology", Burgess and Bogue's "Contributions to Urban Sociology", and "Qishiniandai [The Seventies]".

John Kuo Wei Tchen, author of "Genthe's Photographs of San Francisco's Old Chinatown" (1984), is cofounder and historian of the New York Chinatown History Project.

A labor historian and filmmaker, Daniel J. Walkowitz is director of the Metropolitan Studies Program and professor of history at New York University.

A labor historian and filmmaker, Daniel J. Walkowitz is director of the Metropolitan Studies Program and professor of history at New York University.

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This book is a MUST-READ for anyone interested in understanding Chinese Chicago in the 1930s from an "insider's perspective."
Although the book centers on the lives of Chinese laundrymen, the countless interviews detailed throughout the book helps the reader understand what life must have been like for the average Chinese in Chicago not just that of Chinese landrymen.
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HASH(0x9d74a1f8) out of 5 stars The Chinese Laundryman: A Study of Social Isolation Nov. 28 2003
By Sam from Skokie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a MUST-READ for anyone interested in understanding Chinese Chicago in the 1930s from an "insider's perspective."
Although the book centers on the lives of Chinese laundrymen, the countless interviews detailed throughout the book helps the reader understand what life must have been like for the average Chinese in Chicago not just that of Chinese landrymen.
HASH(0x9d74a7e0) out of 5 stars A specialist book about early Chinese immigrants in the US Feb. 19 2013
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Extremely interesting about a minority race in the west and of a time and period which has now well passed. A valuable historic social history. Provides information which is not generally available anywhere else.


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