Museum of Chinese in America

We Are One: 1982 Chinatown
Garment Strike, 30 Years Later

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Time: 3PM to 8PM

Place: Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street, Manhattan


In 1982, tens of thousands of workers, mostly immigrant women, worked in union garment factories in and around Canal Street in Chinatown. In the summer of 1982, with union contract negotiations blocked by a small group of Chinatown employers, 20,000 workers flooded the streets to demand a fair contract.

Following the historic strike, Chinese immigrant workers became new leaders and activists in the union. They gained a new voice at work and in the community. The 1982 strike transformed the image of Chinese immigrant women workers and wrote a new page of community and labor history. Come hear about this historic strike from the union activists who made it happen.

3:00 - 5:00 pm
Panel Discussion in Cantonese Chinese

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Panel Discussion in English






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