Fashion racism isn’t just what we see in magazines and on runways. It’s also in the structural properties and relationships that aren’t easily visible. In this course, researcher Minh-Ha T. Pham shines a light on the less spectacular, often overlooked, everyday racism that’s built into and sustained by the policies, contracts, and laws that constitute global fashion supply chains. As we’ll learn, these invisible structural violences are the core mechanisms of fashion’s systemic racism.
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Pham, Minh-Ha T. “‘Diversity’ in Fashion Will Never Be Enough,” Salon. October 2, 2013.
Pham, Minh-Ha T. “How to Fix the Fashion Industry’s Racism,” The New Republic. April 18, 2019.
Pham, Minh-Ha T. “The High Cost of High Fashion,” Jacobin. June 13, 2017.
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Who/What to Follow
Blue Tin Production (garment worker cooperative)
Garment Worker Center in Los Angeles (garment worker collective)
Minh-Ha T. Pham
Minh-Ha T. Pham is a researcher and writer whose work examines fashion labor and power in the contexts of global and digital capitalism. Her writings on the subject appear in a wide range of scholarly and mainstream publications including The New Republic, The Nation, New York Times, Social Text, American Quarterly, Jacobin, and The Atlantic. She is also the author of Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (Duke University Press, 2015) and Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Social Media’s Influence on Fashion, Ethics, and Property (Duke University Press, 2022).
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