This is a republication of a pamphlet about an issue in San Francisco Chinatown in the early 1970s. It was an early rallying point for the Asian American Movement about the progressive newsvendor Harry Wong. The reposting is 'as is' with the typos.
For the past several months, workers at Great Oriental Restaurant in Chinatown received no wages working 40-60 hour workweeks. Most workers are paid less than minimum wage, face many labor violations and disrespect on the job. Some were only paid $900 a month for 10 hr days, 6 days a week.
The owner, Suzanne Hoo Lee, finally met with the workers and offered to pay $1,500, 1% of what's due, the following week. While she acknowledged the backwages owed, she refused to make any written commitment. The workers presented ther demands, to be paid an estimated $121,000 in wages and overtime and a monitoring and worker-education program.
This article was written and submitted to Getting Together by a few former members of the Red Guard Party and is not intended to represent the entire membership.
The Red Guard Party was founded in San Francisco's Chinatown in February of 1969. Our membership was primarily composed of American-born Chinese youth. Due to the incorrectness of our political line, our organizational structure and our method of work, we disbanded in July of 1971.
Subheadings were added to the original publication to make this more readable on the web.
Time has slipped by - 40 or 50 years in the blink of an eye. The U.S. society of the '30s was one of economic depression. Confronted by this hard fact and living in a grey social atmosphere, struggling to make a livelihood, I became tempered. Some of my childish dreams were shattered, but a vision of the future lent an incandescence to the era.