Reviews Xiaolan Bao. Holding Up More than Half the Sky: Chinese Women Garment Workers in New York City 19481992. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2006. xvi, 330 pp. Paperback $22.00, isbn 0-252-07350-9. Hardcover $44.95, isbn 0-252-02631-4. Xiaolan Bao's excellent study of the New York City garment industry is a wonderful addition to the collection on women and labor. It is one of a handful of books that speak about the lives of immigrant Chinese women. With Chinese women in the United States for over a century, there ought to be more about them. This book, moreover, highlights a strike held by the Chinese women garment workers in 1982--a rare event in Chinese American history. The text is easy to follow and is well organized. One can easily grasp the central concept that Bao emphasizes, which is the important role of Chinese women in work, family, and community life. At least a third of the book describes the garment industry and how the labor of immigrant Chinese women sustained the industry from the 1960s through at least 1992. The second third of the book discusses Chinese women laborers. The final third is about the strike and its significance for
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jan 6, 2009
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