Visit the homes of the Saez Velez and Wong families in the 1960s and 1970s. Hear the stories of two families that came to New York, seeking new lives and opportunities. Two mothers who took charge, advocating for themselves and their children in a new city and building up a community to support other families like theirs. One family of Puerto Rican migrants, another of Chinese immigrants, navigating their way through the many challenges that come with learning a new language and adjusting to a new way of life. Both families worked in the garment industry for decades, until September 11th brought the industry to a standstill. How did their differing backgrounds impact their experiences? How did they create an identity of their own? Through oral histories and videos, visitors will hear directly from family and community members to learn about their stories and explore these themes as they tour their recreated homes.
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