Category: The Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Michi Kobi Papers (TAM 697)

Michi Kobi (1924-2016) was born Michiko Kobinata Okamoto in Sacramento, California on November 2, 1924. She was one of over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in camps established by Executive Order 9066. She was 18 years old when she and her mother were sent to Tanforan Assembly Center and then …

Pauline Park Papers (TAM 663)

Pauline Park (1960-) is a New York City-based transgender activist. She is the president of the board of directors and former executive director of Queens Pride House and chair of the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), both of which she co-founded. She led the campaign for the transgender rights law enacted by …

Collection of Japanese American Newspapers (TAM 688)

The Japanese American Newspapers Collection contains 18.6 linear feet of publications from fifteen different Japanese American newspaper titles dating from the mid-1940s through 2014. The collection includes extended runs of Hokubei Shimpo and New York Nichibei, as well short runs of regional papers and international editions of Japanese newspapers from the late twentieth century. The …

Gloria Wong Chung Papers and Photographs (TAM 559)

Dr. Gloria Wong Chung (1925-2007), a leader in the struggle for healthcare and empowerment in New York City’s Chinatown and one of the first female Asian/Pacific American psychiatrists, was born in Taishan, Guangdong Province.  In 1929, she and her family came to the United States, settling in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Dr. Chung graduated from the …

Soh Daiko Records (TAM 634)

Formed in 1979, Soh Daiko is the first taiko group on the East Coast. At the time of its founding, Soh Daiko and taiko (drumming) offered a striking and powerful rebuff to the notion that Japanese women were “quiet.” Taiko has deep roots in Japan but is relatively new to North America. It was first …

Rocky Chin Papers (WAG 325)

Rocky Chin is a civil rights attorney and community leader long engaged in labor and human rights advocacy. Born in Washington D.C., Chin earned his BA at Lehigh University, MA at Yale University, and JD at the University of Southern California. He was appointed to be the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and …

Peeling Records (TAM pending)

Peeling (1995-2005) was a New York City-based collective of writers, performers, directors and producers. Using autobiography as a departure point, their collaborations were an exploration of contemporary Asian American identities through the development of original theater work. Originally founded in 1995 as “Peeling the Banana” by director/performer Gary San Angel at the Asian American Writers’ …

New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) Records (WAG 319)

The New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) is a union fighting for structural change in the taxi driving industry, ranked by the Department of Labor as the most dangerous job in the country. Founded in 1998 by members of the Lease Drivers Coalition (LDC), an advocacy project of the Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV), the …

Newark Chinatown Collection [of Yoland Skeete] (TAM 614)

Founded in 1993, the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center serves as a platform for artists around the world to connect with communities in Newark and supports emerging and established artists through exhibitions, lectures, seminars, workshops, and residencies. Its programming includes an annual exhibition, “Havana/Newark,” which features works of Cuban artists living in Havana, and its African …

May Chen Papers (WAG 301)

May Chen (1948- ) is a labor organizer who has been actively engaged in outreach and advocacy for immigrant workers for more than twenty years. Born and raised in Boston, she received her BA from Radcliffe College and her MA in Education at UCLA. Her involvement in the labor movement began in 1983 with her …