Chinatown Garment Workers Uprising 2-Hour Guided Tour

2 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


One hot summer day in 1982, thousands of young immigrant women garment workers had enough, stopped work, stood up, and walked out, changing their lives and their community forever. We walk through the heart of the old neighborhood, discovering the long history of Chinese people in New York and the United States, and what explains this forgotten but critical event.


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What to expect

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Stop At: Statue of Confucius, Confucius Plaza Bowery, New York City, NY

The Chief Historian, an accredited tour guide, and community activists will talk about the 150-year history of Chinese immigration to New York City, and the large scale immigration after 1965 as a background to the 1982 strike.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Doyers Street, Doyers St, New York, NY, USA

Your guide will lead you into the oldest section of Chinatown, discussing murals that depict important figures and events for the Chinese community.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St at Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10016-7405

Your guide will point out the role that the local Catholic Church and other civic institutions played in supporting neighborhood workers in their struggle for a living wage and safe working conditions.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Wing on Wo & Co., 26 Mott St, New York City, NY 10013-5220

Your tour guide and the fourth-generation owner of Wing on Wo will talk about her family's place in the community promoting small businesses, advancing Chinese culture, and advocating for fair treatment by city authorities. She will also talk about the WOW project and the mural they sponsored across the street.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Columbus Park, 67 Mulberry St Baxter St, New York City, NY 10013-4331

Your guide and veterans of the 1982 strike will recall the two massive gatherings of 20, 000 immigrant Chinese women garment workers and their allies in the park.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre St, New York City, NY 10013-3601

Your guide will talk about importance and the efforts to gather and preserve the documents, artifacts, and memories of Chinese immigrants and their descendants.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
September 2022

Dan and his team led an informative tour infusing a good amount of history into his tour narrative. As part of the tour, we had the opportunity to hear some of the stories about the Chinatown Garment Workers Uprising directly from the actual protestors who were there in 1982 which was a nice to...

October 2022

Thank you People’s Heritage Tours for guiding us through Chinatown’s streets and history! Simply priceless to walk and talk for two hours with Dan, who is passionate about the modern experiences of Chinese in America, AND May, a leader of the 1982 Garment Worker’s uprising.

September 2022

I had an excellent time. The tour guides are a wealth of knowledge, and they make sure that you're comfortable along the way. I have been an NYC resident for 5 years now and there's clearly so much I do not know about the various neighborhoods and history. Through this tour I was encouraged to do...

September 2022

The history of women getting together to make change happens. Daniel, our guide is very knowledgeable and passionate. It was a great tour. Bravo and thank you! Tips: wear comfortable shoes and take notes!

October 2023

Daniel Katz is a wonderful tour guide. His tour was very detailed and well narrated. We learned a lot, felt well entertained and got an insight into the neighbourhood that felt very authentic and balanced. I can recommend everyone to book the tour "Chinatown: Garment Worker Uprise Tour".

February 2023

What an amazing tour guide, and what an unusual tour! Instead of the broad strokes of Chinatown (immigration, discrimination, etc.), Dan focuses on a really specific story about a strike of garment workers in 1982 and brings it to life on the streets where it took place. Dan's got a big persona...

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