Wow! Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok is a work of fiction, but it's about a girl who comes to the United States and works in a sweatshop with her mother... and the author is a woman who came to the United States and worked in a sweatshop with her mother... so really one could infer that the descriptions of working conditions probably aren't totally fiction.
Personally, I find it's easier for me to learn about history or other non-fiction topics if there's a little fiction or narrative mixed in. I find history painful to read, but I love a good historical fiction novel. If you're like me and want an easy entry into learning about sweatshops or the Asian American immigrant experience, this book is a great one. It was a bit difficult for me early on because life was just so hard for the main characters, but the story started to definitely pick up as the girl is able to manage a few triumphs and the end... I don't want to ruin it for you!
Go read it! Ok?
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