Celebrating Labor Day 2023

Ten of our best stories on South Asian workers and their history around the world.

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Dilip Patel, 63, right, and wife Saroj, 60, owned a 7-Eleven store in Riverside for nearly two decades (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

This Labor Day, we commemorate the hard work, struggle, and resilience that has shaped countless South Asian immigrant narratives. In this round-up, we traverse the diverse landscape of South Asian experiences in labor: from the last remaining cane cutters of Fiji, to why so many South Asians run 7-Elevens, to migrant worker abuse in building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, to indentured labor in South Africa.

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