Forbidden Workers (Hardcover)

By Peter Kwong

New Press, 9781565843554, 273pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 1998

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (5/1/1999)

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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 the Author

Peter Kwong was the author of several books, including Chinese America (with Dusanka Miscevic); Chinatown, N.Y.; and Forbidden Workers, all published by The New Press. He was a distinguished professor of urban affairs and planning at Hunter College and a professor of sociology at the Graduate Center, CUNY.