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Miu Fei Li
Oral history interview conducted by Ka-Kam Chui
December 19, 1993
Call number: 1994.007.20
0:53 - 自我介绍,从1981年定居美国,回忆在香港的时间 Self-introduction, settled in America since 1981, recollecting time spent in Hong Kong
10:25 - 来到美国住在孔子大厦,对唐人街的第一印象,环游纽约 Arriving in America and living in Confucius Plaza, the first impression of Chinatown, touring New York
15:37 - 在亚治烈街的针织厂工作,加入国际女服缝纫工会的福利 Working for sewing factory on Eldridge St., benefits for joining the Local 23-25 union
37:01 - 织衣工厂业从1981到1993年的发展, 13年的工作经验 The development of garment industry from 1981 to 1993, 13 years of working experience
66:33 - 她的生活环境及条件,列车式公寓,保证金,8大道,第一次婚姻 Li's living conditions, railroad apartment, key money, 8th Ave, first marriage
Oral History Interview with Miu Fei Li
Miu Fei Li was born in Mainland China in 1959. In 1981 she followed her husband to New York City and settled in the Chinatown neighborhood of Manhattan. She became a professional seamstress, joined the local seamstress' union, and had two children. After finding work out-of-state, Li's husband became addicted to gambling; after racking up tens of thousands of dollars of debt, they divorced. In 1993, Li married a fellow divorcee whom she met while on vacation in Hong Kong. At the time of the interview that same year, Miu Fei Li was living with her new husband and their combined four children in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.
In this interview, Miu Fei Li discusses life since her 1981 immigration to New York City. She tells of the decision to immigrate to America as a twenty-two year-old newlywed; initial impressions of Manhattan; and attempts to learn English. She describes life and working conditions experienced as a garment factory seamstress and the benefits of being a union member. She talks about her work schedule; which played roles in fostering her husband's gambling addiction and their subsequent divorce. Li speaks of her second marriage. She also evaluates real estate cnditions in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn circa 1993. Interview in Cantonese conducted by Ka-Kam Chui.
Brooklyn Historical Society collaborated with the Chinatown History Museum (now the Museum of Chinese in America) in order to conduct a series of oral histories with residents of the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The Cantonese, Mandarin, and English language interviews focused on what was then a new presence of Chinese and Asian immigrants concentrated along Eighth Avenue. Among the topics that are explored in the interviews are tensions between different groups of Chinese immigrants, crime and safety in the neighborhood, Sunset Park's relationship to Manhattan's Chinatown, and how long-term residents of Sunset Park had adjusted to the area's "newcomers."
CitationLi, Miu Fei, Oral history interview conducted by Ka-Kam Chui, December 19, 1993, New Neighbors: Sunset Park's Chinese Community records, 1994.007.20; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union
- Li, Miu Fei
- Chinese Americans
- Emigration and immigration
- Home economics
- Social history
- Working class
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
- Chinatown (New York, N.Y.)
- Guangdong Sheng (China)
- Sunset Park (New York, N.Y.)
Finding AidNew Neighbors: Sunset Park's Chinese Community records