To Save China, to Save Ourselves: The Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance of New York

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Synopsis About this title 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. Buy New Learn more about this copy. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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Published by Temple University Press New Paperback Quantity Available: 1. Published by Temple University Press. Published by Temple University Press,U. The two buildings sit directly across from each other on Canal Street. Both of the organizations owed their existence to a attempt by the Board of Aldermen to pass a laundry ordinance that would have put most Chinese-owned laundries in the city out of business.

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Dennis Mahon, an alderman close to white laundry owners who viewed the Chinese businesses as their worst competitors, wrote the ordinance and pushed for its passage. More New York Chinese worked in hand laundries than in any other sector of the economy restaurants were the other major occupation in the community , so the ordinance would have been disastrous for them. A crusading newspaperman, Y. Among other things, the CCBA tried to stop the Alliance from incorporating and got the local courts to slap an injunction on Y.

The new paper published from an office at Mott Street, just across the street from the Alliance office.


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Chu, still edited. In , the success of the Alliance and its paper enabled it to purchase outright the Canal building. The Alliance and its newspaper did not escape US government scrutiny and punishment. Other newspaper staff and Alliance members left the US voluntarily or were deported. Those who remained became uncritical apologists for the PRC.