A few years ago while consulting, I participated in a health needs assessment of the Thai community in East LA. It was a wonderful experience and I truly appreciated being able to learn about the accomplishments and struggles. Today, each time I visit Galanga Thai Restaurant or Eller's Donut Shop here in Santa Barbara, I think of Thai Town in East LA.
My project began a few years after the infamous El Monte garmet slave incident and the Thai Community Development Center was formed. In July, the play "Fabric" and other events will be held to celebrate the anniversary of the momentous event in the annals of sweatshop history.
Tickets to the play can be purchased @The Black Box at the Alexandria, 501 S. Spring Street in Los Angeles, contact Pheel Wang at (323) 468-2555 firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit www.thaicdc.org . There are also opportunities to purchase an ad in the program booklet or to become a sponsor by adopting a quilt made by survivors.
If you have an opportunity to meet her, tell Chanchanit "Chancee" Martorell, Executive Director of the Thai CDC, I said "hello".