Thursday, November 21 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Education Building (EDU), 1111
401 East Peltason Drive Irvine, CA 92697-8000
Please join us for a talk by journalist Bernice Yeung on her 2019 Pulitzer finalist book IN A DAY'S WORK: THE FIGHT TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST AMERICA'S MOST VULNERABLE WORKERS (https://thenewpress.com/books/days-work).
The talk will be followed by a conversation with Ada Briceno, co-president of UNITE-HERE Local 11. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP.
Co-sponsored by UCI Initiative to End Family Violence, The UC Irvine Literary Journalism Program, UCI English, UCI Asian American Studies, and Culture & Capital.
Apple orchards in bucolic Washington State. Office parks in Southern California under cover of night. The home of an elderly man in Miami. These are some of the workplaces where female workers have suffered brutal sexual assault and shocking harassment at the hands of their employers, often with little or no official recourse. In this harrowing yet often inspiring tale, investigative journalist Bernice Yeung exposes the epidemic of sexual violence levied against women farmworkers, domestic workers, and janitorial workers and charts their quest for justice in the workplace.
Yeung takes readers on a journey across the country, introducing us to women who came to America to escape grinding poverty only to encounter sexual violence in the United States. The author mitigates the difficult material by bringing humanity, empathy, and hope to each page. In a Day’s Work exposes the underbelly of economies filled with employers who take advantage of immigrant women’s need to earn a basic living. When these women find the courage to speak up, Yeung reveals, they are too often met by apathetic bosses and underresourced government agencies.
But In a Day’s Work also tells a story of resistance, introducing a group of courageous allies who challenge dangerous and discriminatory workplace conditions alongside aggrieved workers—and win. Moving and inspiring, this book will change our understanding of the lives of immigrant women.
Bernice Yeung is an investigative journalist at ProPublica, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, PBS Frontline, New York magazine, and others.
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