Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Liu recalls his sweatshop childhood
From the Daily News:
City Councilman John Liu is playing the immigrant card in a new biographical video he's launching on the Web.
"When I was 7, I got my first job working in [a] garment factory, and I learned firsthand why they called the place a 'sweatshop,'" Liu says. "I like to say I was taught in public school, but I was educated in a sweatshop."
Interspersed with anecdotes from his supporters and highlights of his career are bits of Liu's life story: A childhood memory of having kids stare him down and spit in his face, his anger at a lawmaker's tirade denouncing Asians as "illegal aliens" and "criminal smugglers."
"I know what discrimination feels like - and I don't want anyone else to feel it," Liu says. "This city makes a promise with us: It doesn't matter where you or your parents came from. What matters is how far you want to go."