Chinatown Garment Workers Uprising 2-Hour Guided Tour

14 Ratings
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  • 2 hr

One hot summer day in 1982, thousands of young immigrant women garment workers had enough, stopped work, stood up, and walked out, changing their lives and their community forever. We walk through the heart of the old neighborhood, discovering the long history of Chinese people in New York and the United States, and what explains this forgotten but critical event.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: People's Heritage Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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The Chief Historian, an accredited tour guide, and community activists will talk about the 150-year history of Chinese immigration to New York City, and the large scale immigration after 1965 as a background to the 1982 strike.

Duration: 15 minutes

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Your guide will lead you into the oldest section of Chinatown, discussing murals that depict important figures and events for the Chinese community.

Duration: 15 minutes

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Your guide will point out the role that the local Catholic Church and other civic institutions played in supporting neighborhood workers in their struggle for a living wage and safe working conditions.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Wing on Wo & Co.

Your tour guide and the fourth-generation owner of Wing on Wo will talk about her family's place in the community promoting small businesses, advancing Chinese culture, and advocating for fair treatment by city authorities. She will also talk about the WOW project and the mural they sponsored across the street.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Columbus Park

Your guide and veterans of the 1982 strike will recall the two massive gatherings of 20,000 immigrant Chinese women garment workers and their allies in the park.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Museum of Chinese in America

Your guide will talk about importance and the efforts to gather and preserve the documents, artifacts, and memories of Chinese immigrants and their descendants.

Duration: 15 minutes
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