In Praise of Chinese Laundrymen (New York Times, 1901)

Journalistic articles of a century ago typically loved to describe Chinese in unflattering terms such as “slant-eyed, pig-tailed celestials” so it was a surprise to find a 1901 article in the New York Times that actually complimented Chinese laundrymen as  shown in the headline below .

The article describes how Chinese laundrymen in New York’s Bowery  often extended credit to customers short on cash and unable to pay for their laundry as illustrated in the following scenario.

Despite such generosity that the Chinese “uncles” provided to some customers, Chinese laundrymen were more often ridiculed and demeaned, and sometimes robbed, attacked, and even killed in their laundries.

Leave a comment

Filed under Laundry Operations

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s