Scenes from a Lifetime of Sewing for the Garment Factories: Mrs. Louie Ten Wo Choi (1907-2007)

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Scenes from a Lifetime of Sewing for the Garment Factories: Mrs. Louie Ten Wo Choi (1907-2007)


Choi, May, Naruta, Anna, Chinese America: History and Perspectives


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Louie Ten Wo Choi in China, 1931, 1947 (center two), and 1948. In 1927, Mrs. Choi's husband of two years, Choi Man Tsue, emigrated to the United States. Because of the anti-Chinese immigration laws still continued from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, it was 23 years before Mrs. Choi could join her husband.

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Louie Ten Wo Choi in the United States in 1949. Her daughter describes this photo as showing how hard life in the United States was for her, in comparison with the youthful photo of the year before.

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Spending time with her grandson, Brian, at home in her kitchen, Louie Ten Wo Choi's love of her family shows.

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Louie Ten Wo Choi's husband, Choi Man Tsue, purchased this Singer sewing machine used in the 1940s. Mrs. Choi used the treadle machine to sew after hours for the garment industry for three decades and also created many garments for her family. …

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