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Sweatshop warriors : immigrant women workers take on the global factory
Louie, Miriam Ching Yoon.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : South End Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

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HD6057.5.U5 L68 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A poignant and inspiring portrait of the women whose labor, love, and sweat keep society and democracy alive.

Author Notes

Miriam Ching Yoon Louie works with the Women of Color Resource Center and formerly served as national media director of Fuerza Unida and Asian Immigrant Women Advocates

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Choice Review

This monograph describes how immigrant women workers are exploited in modern sweatshops. Louie, a second-generation American, has worked for more than three decades in organizations to improve the condition of the "underclass" of American labor, which is largely composed of recent female immigrants of color. As the author observes, the sweatshop system takes advantage of the "different" by relegating them to super-exploited low-level positions, while others (all-too-often individuals of their native countries) fill privileged buffer positions, all to benefit the super-privileged few sitting at the top of the power pyramid. The book is based on interviews with Chinese, Korean, and Mexican immigrant workers conducted in the late 1990s in large manufacturing-center cities. Draconian working conditions are described: hundred-hour work weeks, locked fire escapes, locked rest rooms, prohibitions on talking or even looking up from sewing machines, being fired for receiving telephone calls about family emergencies, violations of wage laws, and even nonpayment of wages due to workers. Unfortunately this sad litany closely echoes accounts of eastern and southern European women of a century ago. The volume is supported by a 38-page bibliography. Recommended for labor studies collections, upper-division undergraduate and up. E. P. Hoffman Western Michigan University

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Listening to the Women The Real Expertsp. 1
Chapter 1 Holding Up Half the Sky Chinese Immigrant Women Workersp. 19
Chapter 2 La Mujer Luchando, El Mundo Transformando! Mexican Immigrant Women Workersp. 63
Chapter 3 "Each Day I Go Home with A New Wound in My Heart" Korean Immigrant Women Workersp. 123
Chapter 4 Extended Familiesp. 179
Chapter 5 Movement Rootsp. 195
Chapter 6 "Just-in-Time" Guerrilla Warriorsp. 215
Conclusion: Returning to the Sourcep. 247
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 295
About the Authorp. 307