Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu


On her book The Beautiful Generation: Asian Americans and The Cultural Economy of Fashion

Cover Interview of August 23, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“If fashion teaches us anything it is culture’s ability to domesticate difference.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Asian Americans are now a part of the fashion industry—as we know from having become well-acquainted with boldface names like Philip Lim, Thakoon Panichgul, Doo-Ri Chung and the like—but it was the presence of Asians immigrants in garment production that made their participation possible.”

On the second:

“Ultimately I was trying to respond to the claim that we could somehow build an entire economy around a type of work that a great majority of Americans could never take-up.”