Rice bowl, 1990s


This plastic rice bowl belonged to Jumnien Torusmee, who worked at a sweatshop in El Monte, California. This bowl was found in the well-publicized 1995 sweatshop raid and is part of a larger Smithsonian collection of artifacts documenting apparel industry sweatshops, focusing on the El Monte operation. Torusmee was one of 72 workers recruited from Thailand who were promised good pay and good working conditions. After paying $5,000 to be smuggled into the United States with fraudulent documents, the workers were paid $1.60 an hour with seventeen-hour workdays in horrifying conditions. In addition, the workers were forced to buy their food and products from the company store at inflated prices , including rice bowls like this one.

Date Made: 1990 - 19991980 - 1999

Place Made: Taiwan

See more items in: Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing, Food, El Monte, Work, American Enterprise, Sweatshops

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Credit Line: Gift of Jumnienien Tornsmee

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1997.0272.01Catalog Number: 1997.0272.01Accession Number: 1997.0272

Object Name: bowl

Physical Description: plastic (overall material)white (overall color)pink/multi (overall color)Measurements: overall: 2 1/2 in x 7 5/8 in; 6.35 cm x 19.3675 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-95b8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1424241

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