CHINESE LAUNDRIES By: John Jung
Chinese laundries, born of necessity, became the stereotypical occupation of an entire ethnic group but now it is just a part of history, made obsolete by social and technological changes. Why and how did Chinese laundries originate and determine the economic and psychological status of laundrymen and, for some, their families. First and second-hand accounts of their work in the laundries, where many lived above or in the back, help us understand and appreciate their achievement in overcoming racial prejudice, hardship, social and cultural isolation.
"...what is remarkable is the combination of historical perspective with Professor Jung's social psychological descriptions and analyses of laundrymen and their descendants. Their personal life stories with inner thoughts, feelings, values, attitudes, work experiences, and survival hardships are skillfully presented with penetrating insights and observations. The broad perspective presents an overall picture of the history and the life and labor of the Chinese laundrymen."
Ban Seng Hoe, Author, Enduring Hardship: The Chinese Laundry in Canada