Book Talk at BlogHer.com: *Girl in Translation*, by Jean Kwok
In the early 1900s, my mother’s family made a journey from the south of Italy to New York City. They found work in the factories and homes in the tenements, and many of them never ventured much further after that. Most of the women – my great-aunts – went to work in the factories of the city’s garment district, where they spent their adult lives producing clothing.
Decades later, Kimberly Chang and her mother made a journey from Hong Kong to New York City, and before long, they were working in a clothing factory and living in a tenement.