Transfixed by a historical dream, journalist Huan Hsu decided to set off on an adventure to chase after a family legend of buried porcelain treasure: legend had it that his ancestors, fleeing the Japanese occupation in China, had buried a masses of precious porcelain deep underground, hoping to return one day to retrieve it. Well, that never happened, and Huan’s family was scattered around the world, fanning off to Taiwan or America,. But after growing up in the West, Huan threw himself into this hunt for family lore and wrote The Porcelain Thief, a family history that spans the entire course of modern Chinese history, exploring the role of art, war, and beauty in forming the identity of China today.
Clotheslined: Global Labor, Walmart and Economic Justice
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Jobs With Justice, Asia Floor Wage Alliance, and the City University of New York’s Murphy Institute recently presented "Clotheslined," a discussion with representatives of both US and Asian segments of Walmart’s global manufacturing system, exploring how fast fashion, sweatshop labor, the low-wage service economy, and neoliberal trade have created a transnational network of exploitation.
Featuring Martha Sellers, Walmart Associate, OUR Walmart, Kalpona Atker, Director Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity, and Syarif Arifin, Researcher Labor Information Center of Indonesia.
Civil Rights on the Homefront: Household Labor Struggles, Then and Now
A clip from a talk featuring Barnard Professor Premilla Nadasen with Chaumtoli Huq of the media project Law at the Margins, discussing Nadasen’s new book "Household Workers Unite." They discuss the little known history of black domestic workers who led courageous organizing campaigns throughout the Jim Crow era and beyond, intersecting with and building on the civil rights and feminist movements.
Srirupa Dasgupta founded Upohar Ethnic Cuisine in Lancaster Pennsylvania to help enrich, and rehabilitate, Lancaster’s large refugee community. She’s hired many refugee women who have found a stable livelihood through serving up homecooked ethnically eclectic cuisine through a restaurant and catering service. They also serve as a stunning example of how migrants, many of them coming from places of trauma and conflict, have used the ritual of cooking to share culture and find a common humanity. This segment first aired on November 23, 2015.