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We Go Down Sewing


Project creators



Chrissy Yee Lau

Assistant Professor

Cal State Monterey Bay


Mai-Linh Hong

Assistant Professor

UC Merced


Preeti Sharma

Assistant Professor

Cal State Long Beach

About the project

We Go Down Sewing is an edited collection of essays, creative writing, and photographs, that openly engages with three main fields of U.S. history, including immigrant labor, race and public health, and social movements, which have shaped how members of the Auntie Sewing Squad responded to Covid-19.

The Auntie Sewing Squad emerged in March of 2020 led primarily by Asian American women and other women of color. The Auntie Sewing Squad organized women sheltering in their homes into a self-sufficient, publicly funded, mutual aid group that labored to change public opinion around mask wearing and to make masks available to vulnerable communities.

We Go Down Sewing features five main essays, 15 creative writing pieces, and 50 images. It is currently under contract with University of California Press and will be published in Fall of 2021.


The Albert Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
St. Augustine Center, Room 410
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085

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