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Miriam Ching Yoon Louie Papers, 1970-2012
11 boxes (11 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 719

Abstract:
Labor organizer; Women's rights activist; Author; Activist; Poet. The papers include correspondence, organizing materials, conference materials, fliers, pamphlets, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. There is also Louie's course work as both student and instructor. Major topics include women and labor organizing, Asian American women's history, social justice activism, international women's rights, and issues surrounding race, class, immigration and poverty in the U.S. Especially impressive is the range of material related to grassroots Asian and Latina immigrant workers' organizations, from the 1970s through the early 2000s. [NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are currently closed for processing.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by Miriam Louie. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Miriam Ching Yoon Louie was born Dec. 1,1950 in Vallejo, California, the daughter of first generation Korean and Chinese parents, Minnie Marguerite Yoon and Herbert Haw Ching. Louie graduated from high school with honors and went on to college at the University of California at Berkeley where she was quickly drawn into the radical political movements on campus where she met her future husband, Lanyuen Belvin Louie, one of the strike captains for the Third World Liberation Front strike of 1969-1970. Miriam Ching joined that strike as well and as a result lost her scholarships and left school. She would complete her B.A. in Ethnic Studies in 1990, but in the interim, "learned intensively off campus" (see biographical statement provided by Louie, attached).

For the next two decades, Miriam Louie put her affinity for organizing and her talents for writing to use on behalf of a number of radical causes, especially those aimed at empowering women of color. Involved with the Third World Women's Alliance, based in Berkeley, from its earliest days in the 1970s, Louie continued to work with its successor organization, the Alliance Against Women's Oppression, and when the AAWO dissolved, was one of the co-founders of the Women of Color Resource Center in 1990. She has served as the national campaign media coordinator for the Asian Immigrant Women Advocates and for Fuerza Unida, an organization formed in 1990 to advocate for the primarily Latina workforce at the Levi Strauss factory in San Antonio, Texas. More recently, she has (once again) been active in the anti-war movement since 2001.

Miriam Louie has also published widely, with articles appearing in The Nation, Ms. Magazine, and Amerasia Journal. She is the author of Sweatshop Warriors: Immigrant Women Workers Take on the Global Factory (2001); co-author of BRIDGE: A Popular Education for Immigrant and Refugee Community Organizers (2004), and Women's Education in the Global Economy (2000). Louie is also a published poet, her poetry appearing in XicKorea: Poems, Rants, Words Together (with Beth Ching and Arnoldo Garcia, 2002) and in a volume of her own, illustrated by her daughter Nguyen Louie, titled Ranting Tiger, Thundering Bunny (2012). Her 2016 novel, Not Contagious-Only Cancer, is also illustrated by her daughter. Miriam Ching Yoon Louie continues her activism in the Bay area and beyond.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers include correspondence, organizing materials, conference materials, fliers, pamphlets, newsletters, and newspaper clippings. There is also Louie's course work as both student and instructor. Major topics include women and labor organizing, Asian American women's history, social justice activism, international women's rights, and issues surrounding race, class, immigration and poverty in the U.S. Especially impressive is the range of material related to grassroots Asian and Latina immigrant workers' organizations, from the 1970s through the early 2000s.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are currently closed for processing.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to unpublished works in this collection created by Miriam Louie. Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their assigns. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy all copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Miriam Ching Yoon Louie Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Miriam Louie beginning in 2013.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Kathleen Banks Nutter, April 2014


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English, Spanish, Korean


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • African American women -- Social conditions -- History -- Sources
  • Alliance Against Women's Oppression
  • Asian American women -- Biography -- Sources
  • Asian American women -- Social conditions -- History
  • Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (Organization)
  • Authors, American -- Biography -- Sources
  • Burnham, Linda, 1948-
  • Chinese Americans -- Social conditions
  • Chinese Staff and Workers' Association
  • Classism -- United States
  • Clothing workers -- Labor unions -- United States -- History
  • Committee for Solidarity with the Korean People
  • Cuba -- Description and travel -- Sources
  • Developing countries -- Educational assistance -- History
  • Ethnicity -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Feminists -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Fuerza Unida
  • Hispanic American women -- History -- United States -- Sources
  • Immigrants -- United States -- Social conditions -- Sources
  • Industrial relations -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • International economic relations
  • International labor activities
  • Korean American women -- Social conditions -- History
  • Korean Immigrant Workers Advocates of Southern California
  • Labor movement -- History -- Sources
  • Latina women -- Social conditions -- History
  • Louie, Miriam
  • Migrant labor -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Minority women -- Employment -- United States -- History
  • Oakland (Calif.) -- Social conditions
  • Pacific Islander American women -- Social conditions -- History -- Sources
  • Poets, American -- Biography -- Sources
  • Poor -- United States -- Political activity -- History -- Sources.
  • Poor women -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Sweatshops -- California -- Oakland
  • Third World Women's Alliance
  • Women -- East Asia -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Economic conditions -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Employment -- United States
  • Women -- International cooperation -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Korea -- History -- Sources
  • Women -- Latin America -- History -- Sources
  • Women and development -- United States -- History
  • Women clothing workers -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women in the labor movement -- United States -- History -- Sources
  • Women of Color Resource Center
  • Working class women -- United States -- History -- Sources


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