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Where did Chinese laundries go? - Sociological Images
China, or Zhongguo the Middle Kingdom , the third largest country in the world, occupies a significant portion of southeast Asia. The land mass, 3,, square miles 9,, sq. Eighty-five percent of China's land is nonarable, and the rest is regularly plagued by flood and drought. Upon this land, China now feeds its 1. These minorities have their own history, religion, language, and culture. The official language of China is putonghua or Mandarin guanhua , spoken by over 70 percent of the Han Chinese.
Combining archival research in Chinese language sources with oral history interviews, Renqiu Yu examines the Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance CHLA , an organization that originated in to help Chinese laundry workers break their isolation in American society. Yu brings to life the men who labored in New York laundries, depicting their meager existence, their struggles against discrimination and exploitation, and their dreams of returning to China. The persistent efforts of the CHLA succeeded in changing the workers' status in American society and improving the image of the Chinese among the American public. Yu is especially concerned with the political activities of the CHLA, which was founded in reaction to proposed New York City legislation that would have put the Chinese laundries out of business.
When you think about large naval vessels carrying hundreds of crew for many weeks on the high seas, probably you never thought about how much dirty clothing and bedding needs to be washed and pressed. In addition to having batteries of guns, a battleship had to have washing machines and dryers! And who was selected to do the laundry work? Believe it or not, but sometime in the s and s, ships of the Royal Navy of Great Britain going between U. No, they were not Chinese sailors in the U.