1915 - 1925 Chinese American Girl's Trousers

Description (Brief)
One of the Lee daughters wore this casual Chinese-style outfit on special occasions, for none of the children wore Chinese dress for every day wear. The trouser band or fu tau , translated as the “head of the trousers,” was folded over and secured with a belt or cord and covered by the vest.
Lee B. Lok, his wife Ng Shee, and their seven children lived above the Quong Yuen Shing & Co. store in New York City's Chinatown. Though the children wore Western clothes and participated in the local Scout troop and other clubs, their parents required them to attend Chinese school each day, from 4-7 PM.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
trousers, girl's
Object Type
Trousers
Girl
Main Dress
date made
ca 1920
maker
unknown
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 45 cm x 67 cm; 17 23/32 in x 26 3/8 in
place made
unknown
worn
United States: New York, Manhattan, Chinatown
ID Number
1992.0620.10
catalog number
1992.0620.10
accession number
1992.0620
subject
Chinese American
Immigration
Immigrants
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Home and Community Life: Costume
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Family & Social Life
Chinese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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