Mural Project by Ryan Cheng, Ching Huang, Ken Ichiroku,
Diana Luu, and Julie Yoshioka
Koreatown Market Workers
Justice Campaign - Community-based Work Team by
Paul Chung, Vi Le, James Roh, and Sanghee Yoon
Market Workers Justice Campaign - Campus-based Work
- by Sean Na, Ye Jin, J.P. Puno, and Lyeng Ia
UCLA Students' Website Supporting
Koreatown Market Workers Campaign: www.marketworkerscampaign.com
Leadership School by Teresa Nguyen
American Studies 197B
Spring Quarter 2002
Community Internship Reports
My Internship Helping Chinese Daily News
Workers by Laura Lin
project this quarter was with the UCLA Labor Center. The Labor
Center was working on a campaign for the Chinese Daily News
(CDN). The Chinese Daily News is the largest Chinese language
newspaper in the United States. It is a family-owned business
with branches in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Each
branch is owned by a different sibling, therefore some decisions
made at one branch do not necessarily affect others.
March 19, 2001, the workers of the Chinese Daily News in Los
Angeles voted to join the Communications Workers of America
Union (CWA). Their decision to join the union was based on several
factors. This included OSHA violations that were not being corrected,
lack of overtime pay, and harassment of workers. However, management
refused to recognize the legitimacy of the vote. They hired
a union buster, Larry Wong, to influence the vote and further
discourage workers from voting.
I joined the campaign, Michelle Sun, another student at UCLA,
was already involved in it. Our first event for the campaign
was a press conference in front of the CDN in Monterey Park.
This event was well attended by speakers who were both political
officials and heads of community organizations. There I met
William Kramer, whom Michelle and I would report to, and Stephanie
Moore, the CWA representative who was working with the CDN workers.
this initial meeting, Michelle, William and I began to have
weekly update meetings. Halfway through the quarter, a graduate
student from Taiwan, I-Ling, joined us and helped us do research
on events and situations in Taiwan. During these meetings, we
would discuss what we did each week, and suggest new ideas and
strategies. We also had one large group meeting with Stephanie,
Ling (a worker from the CDN), William, Michelle, and me. This
meeting was for ideas of what we could do and where the workers
wanted to go with the campaign.
main projects during this time consisted of doing an informal
ad analysis of the paper. We wanted to see what kinds of companies
were advertising in the paper, and who might be willing to put
some pressure on the company. We were also hoping to find a
location that we could have some kind of action in front of.
However, it was conveyed to us that the workers were not comfortable
making a large scene. They were afraid of losing their jobs
other major project I worked on was a support letter signed
by professors. As of 6-13-02, I have 14 signatures from various
UCLA professors. The workers are convinced that UCLA is a big
enough name to mean something to the management and the parent
company in Taiwan. They felt that if the management found out
that professors at UCLA knew and cared about the campaign, it
might influence their decision. This letter is going to be shown
to the management in Los Angeles, and taken to Taiwan on a trip
to see the parent company in July.
also attended bi-weekly STROBE meetings. This consisted of small
group meetings with Jessica Kim as group leader, and then a
large group meeting with William leading. In the small meetings
the campaigns consisted of the Garment Workers Center, KIWA,
Taco Bell, and the CDN. We would update each other on our situations
and give feedback and ideas. This was extremely helpful as many
of the people in the groups were further along in their campaigns.
They had good ideas and pointers. The large STROBE meetings
also consisted of brief group updates, and then a small workshop
period in the second hour.
major event that I attended was the May 17 Labor Hearing. This
was a revolutionary event that consisted of Asian American workers
testifying to various members of the political community about
their situations. The main organizer of this event was Judy
Chus office. It was well attended by speakers, but audience
participation was low.
entire quarter was full of new experiences for me. All three
of my classes consisted of some kind of outside participation.
No class, however, required as much as this one. I think that
Ive learned a lot from the people Ive met. Ive
never been involved in any kind of labor movement, or known
anyone who was part of one. It gave me a chance to see the struggles
and trials that people have to go through in order to gain even
the most basic rights. Although it was difficult and frustrating
at times, I hope that some of the things I did this quarter
will have helped in some way.