New York City Council passed an ordinance targeting Chinese laundry establishments; Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance is formed


You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer.

The features of this web page rely upon a more recent version of your browser. In order for you to use this feature as intended, you should download and install any of these browsers for free:


In 1933, the New York City Council, at the behest of white laundry operators, passed an ordinance that required one-person laundries to pay a $25 annual fee and to post a $1000 bond. This ordinance was clearly aimed at the 3,500 Chinese laundry establishments in New York.

The CCBA required the laundry owners to pay the fee before they would investigate the law. The laundry owners formed the Chinese Hand Laundry Alliance (CHLA) and convinced the city’s aldermen to reduce the fee. CCBA labeled CHLA a communist organization. However, the two joined forces during WWII to form the All Chinatown Anti-Japanese Patriotic Organization.