Q&A: Professor Margaret M. Chin on the New York City Garment Industry

May 19, 2020

Professor Margaret M. Chin, author of Sewing Women: Immigrants and the New York City Garment Industry, discusses the history and current state of garment work in New York City in the Asian Pacific American Heritiage Month post on the Columbia University Press blog.

In this Columbia University Press blog post, Margaret M. Chin, discusses the history and current state of garment work in New York City. She answers questions about the various immigrant groups that dominate the industry, the role of women in textiles, and how these factors and ideas connect to the surge in sewing masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Professor Chin is associate professor of sociology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center and is a faculty member of the International Migration Studies program at The Graduate Center, CUNY.