ASA Lecture Series | Policing Asian Massage Work and Human Trafficking in Global Contexts: Manufacturing Freedom & Fly in Power Screening

Elena Shih ft. Red Canary Song organizers Yeonhoo Cho and Charlotte



Event Description

Elena Shih is Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies, and Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Sociology, East Asian Studies, and Watson Institute for International Studies. Her book, Manufacturing Freedom is an ethnographic exploration of two American organizations that offer vocational training in jewelry production to women migrants in China and Thailand as a path out of sex work. In this innovative study, Elena Shih argues that anti‑trafficking rescue and rehabilitation projects profit off persistent labor abuse of women workers and imagined but savvily marketed narratives of redemption.



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