The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice

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Mai-Linh K. Hong, Chrissy Yee Lau, Preeti Sharma
Univ of California Press, Nov 2, 2021 - History - 288 pages
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Preface / Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlord -- Taxonomy of Auntie roles / Audrey Chan -- We go down sewing / the Editors and Valerie Soe -- Auntie Sewing Squad map / Audrey Chan -- Auntie Sewing Squad core values : transparency + passion + humor + kindness / Amy Tofte and Kristina Wong -- Auntie Sewing Squad bingo / Alina Wong and Heather Lou -- Ode to spreadsheet of glory / Laura Karlin -- Finding fabric / Candace Kim and Sharon McNary -- Mary Poppins box of supplies / Laurie Bernadel -- Moment of joy / Chey and Beatrice Townsend -- Recipe for vegan kimchee / Grace Yoo -- Sewing as care work / Preeti Sharma -- Taxonomy of Auntie care / Audrey Chan -- Evolution of Auntie care / Gayle Isa -- Auntie Sewing Squad care-van / Duyen Tran -- How to sew masks for fun and no profit in an apocalypse / Dana Leahy -- Mask ties and earloops and nose pieces / Belinda Younis -- Bread, roses, and face masks / Ellen Gavin -- Home sweatshop / Laura McSharry -- Recipe for ube halaya / Irene Tayag Laut -- Sewing with intent / Chrissy Yee Lau -- Behind the wheel of a large automobile full of PPE / Badly Licked Bear -- Badly Licked Bear van -- Dreaming of my ancestors : sewing a network of protection across La Frontera / Jessica Arana -- Abuela's facultad / Jessica Arana -- Solidarity praxis / Lauretta Kanahoa Masters -- Monks robe fabric / Melinda Creps -- It's in your blood : warrior alliances in the time of corona / Constance Parng -- Recipe for tsukemono mac salad / Dave Vindiola -- ASS Facebook feed -- Sewing as refuge / Mai-Linh K. Hong -- Mending time : a movement score / Rebecca Pappas -- Mask butterfly and stencil rose / Jacqueline Bell Johnson -- Rebirth / Māhealani Flournoy -- Three generations / Joni Byun -- Sewing through a pan(dem)ic / Hellen Lee -- How to measure, selfie / Sanae Robinson Guerin -- Recipe for nourishing salve / Laura Karlin -- Sewing as insurrection / Rebecca Solnit -- ASS quilt / Melissa Quilter -- Science is the light on the sewing machine / Karl Haro von Mogel, PhD -- My dad sewing / Lisa Prostak -- Querida abuelita Rafaelita / Lorena Madrigal -- Sewing machine / Lorena Madriga -- Treasuring mom / Joy Park-Thomas -- Recipe for Earl's girl poundcake / Diana Williams -- Teaching sewing / Grace Yoo -- The ASS child labor kids sewing camp / Gina Rivera -- To the rescue / Dominic and Teena Apeles -- Technical assistance Auntie / Vibrina Coronado -- Connecting my family's 100-year herstory / Jenni "Emiko" Kuida -- Sewing with mom / Winnie Fong -- Sewing for the next generation / Sylvia Kwon -- A day in the life of Westside Hub / Gwennie Wong and Leilani and Ova Chan -- Recipe for chocolate shortbread hearts / Melissa Quilter -- we (can) do it / Elena Dahl -- Coda : when finding pleasure is survival / the Editors -- Timeline -- ASS sewing patterns / Mai-Linh K. Hong and Chey Townsend.

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The Auntie Sewing Squad Guide to Mask Making, Radical Care, and Racial Justice

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In this feisty collection of sewing tips, recipes, and essays, the Auntie Sewing Squad—a cadre of mostly Asian-American women founded on Facebook by performance artist Kristina Wong at the beginning ... Read full review


Auntie Sewing Squad Map AUDReY ChAn
A Mary Poppins Box of Supplies LAURIe BeRnADeL
Moment of Joy CheY TOWnSenD AnD BeATRICe TOWnSenD
Teaching Sewing Teaching Care GRACe J YOO
Auntie Sewing Squad Mask Sewing Patterns MAILInh K hOnG

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Mai-Linh K. Hong is Assistant Professor of Asian Diaspora and Asian American Literature at the University of California, Merced. Her research on refugee storytelling, race, and human rights has appeared in Amerasia, Verge, MELUS, Law, Culture, and the Humanities, and other journals and edited volumes. Since 2017, she has served as Co-chair of the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies.

Chrissy Yee Lau is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Monterey Bay. She writes histories on race, gender, religion, and empire. She has published her research in the anthology Gendering the Trans-Pacific World and in a special issue on Asian American public history of Southern California Quarterly. She also researches and develops museum exhibitions for the public and digital exhibitions through the classroom.

Preeti Sharma is Assistant Professor of American Studies at California State University, Long Beach. Her scholarship on feminist theories of work, racial capitalism, service economies, and alternative labor organizing has appeared in the Journal of Asian American Studies, Society and Space, and the first national policy study on labor issues within the nail salon sector, a report she coauthored for the UCLA Labor Center.

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Kristina Wong is an award-winning performance artist, comedian, writer, and elected representative in Koreatown, Los Angeles. She uses humor as a tool to highlight racial dynamics of our current times as well as provide a space for conversation and laughter.

Rebecca Solnit is a celebrated writer, historian, and activist. She is author of more than twenty books on feminism, western and Indigenous history, popular power, social change and insurrection, wandering and walking, hope and disaster.

Grace J. Yoo is a sociologist and Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. She is coauthor of the award-winning book Caring across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families. She recently taught the first summer undergraduate class on sewing with the Auntie Sewing Squad.

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