Forbidden Workers by Peter Kwong
Illegal Chinese Immigrants and American Labor

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A "gripping expos" (Publishers Weekly) of the conditions faced by Chinese illegal aliens in the United States. Hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "a must-read," Forbidden Workers tells for the first time the full story of recent Chinese immigration to this country. Widely praised from the Wall Street Journal to Asian Week, the book uses the Chinese experience to shed light on broader issues of immigration from countries around the world. Author Peter Kwong has interviewed countless immigrant workers, activists, Chinatown powerbrokers, and "snakeheads" (smugglers who bring immigrants to the United States) and has traveled to China to talk with families of immigrants. The result is an unprecedented look at an invisible community within American society -- and at a billion-dollar industry whose commodity is workers who labor under conditions approaching modern slavery.
 

About Peter Kwong

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Peter Kwong has worked in the film industry as an editor for almost twenty years. He lives in Hollywood. This is his first graphic novel.
 
Published January 1, 1998 by The New Press. 286 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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From the produce fields of California to New York's sweatshops, employers depend on illegals not only to keep their labor costs down, but also as a key weapon in the fight against a strong labor movement.

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His focus is the recent influx to the New York metropolitan area of illegal Fuzhounese immigrants (originating from rural counties around the Chinese coastal city of Fuzhou), who have displaced the Cantonese as the largest ethnic group of Chinese immigrants to the U.S. Employed by subcontractors,...

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