Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Mary Anne Trasciatti, May Chen, Katie Quan and Steven Greenhouse Set for “Who Remembers The Triangle Fire” Panel at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum on Mar. 8


Tenement Museum. Photo by Lia Chang

Tenement Museum. Photo by Lia Chang

On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum is hosting a free Tenement Talk, Who Remembers The Triangle Fire at 6:30pm. The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is located at 103 Orchard Street at Delancey in New York.

March 25th marks the date that thousands remember the 146 workers who died in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911. The factory building, which is now part of the NYU campus and has long been a site of significance to many, will now be home to a permanent public art memorial. It will not only pay tribute to the mostly Eastern European Jewish and Italian immigrant women and men who died, it will also stand as a symbol for workers of later generations.

Garment workers in a New York Chinatown garment factory in 1995. Photo by Lia Chang/APALA

Garment workers in a New York Chinatown garment factory in 1995. Photo by Lia Chang/APALA

image_view.phpMary Anne Trasciatti, president of the Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition, which has fought for a memorial for years, will be joined by May Chen, a labor organizer who has been actively engaged in outreach and advocacy for immigrant workers for more than 20 years, working with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, and Katie Quan from the Labor Center at Berkeley, who was a seamstress, organizer, and international vice -president with the ILGWU, and its successor, UNITE. They discuss the importance of the memorial and the fire’s resonance for immigrant garment workers from the 1970s and 1980s.

Steven Greenhouse, former labor reporter for the New York Times and author of The Big Squeeze: Toug Times for the American Worker, will moderate the conversation.

This event is free and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6pm.

If you have questions, contact Laura Lee at or 212.431.0233 ext. 259. For more information about Tenement Talks, email

Lower East Side Tenement Museum Website


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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at Asians on Film on March 10th, The Women’s Film Festival in Philadelphia on March 13th and the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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