• Minh-Ha T. Pham

    Researcher • Writer • Professor

    Race, Gender, Fashion Labor, and Supply Chain Capitalism

  • Books

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    Why We Can’t Have Nice Things:

    Social Media’s Influence on Fashion, Ethics, and Property

    Duke University Press (2022)

    In 2016, social media users in Thailand called out the Paris-based luxury fashion house Balenciaga for copying the popular Thai “rainbow bag,” using Balenciaga’s hashtags to circulate memes revealing the source of the bags’ design. In Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Minh-Ha T. Pham examines the way social media users monitor the fashion market for the appearance of knock-off fashion, design theft, and plagiarism. Tracing the history of fashion antipiracy efforts back to the 1930s, she foregrounds the work of policing that has been tacitly outsourced to social media. Despite the social media concern for ethical fashion and consumption and the good intentions behind design policing, Pham shows that it has ironically deepened forms of social and market inequality, as it relies on and reinforces racist and colonial norms and ideas about what constitutes copying and what counts as creativity. These struggles over ethical fashion and intellectual property, Pham demonstrates, constitute deeper struggles over the colonial legacies of cultural property in digital and global economies.


    Download the Introduction chapter here.

    "[S]he not only makes her argument, she demonstrates a model of digital analysis that is both traditional and novel at the same time. After reading this book, it will be hard to argue against the merits of 'blog studies.'" -- Feminist Media Studies  "Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet is a compelling book to read, deserving critical acclaim for its originality and insightful contribution to digital fashion media studies concerning the dynamic relations of race, gender, class, and labor." -- Journal of Asian Studies  "Pham's book is sharp, punchy and eminently readable. It is full of shrewd visual and textual analysis of the content of blogs and puts forward a much needed critique of the kinds of critiques that bloggers themselves tend to have launched at them." -- ​International Journal of Fashion Studies


    Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet:

    Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging

    This book places the online activities of elite Asian fashion bloggers within a larger history of racialized and gendered fashion labor. While the vast majority of bloggers generate little to no online traffic and no monetary benefits, Asian superbloggers have managed to make a handsome living from taking and posting photographs of themselves wearing clothes on the Internet. Analyzing their online activities as “taste work” practices, this book investigates the kinds of cultural and economic work Asian tastes do, the status and meaning of “Asian taste” in the early twenty-first century, and the fashion public and industry’s appetite for certain kinds of racialized eliteness.


    Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet offers a framework for understanding the changing and enduring dynamics of race, gender, and class at a time when we are seeing an economic shift in fashion production towards non-material commodities like blogs as key sites of capital accumulation.


    Download the Introduction chapter here.


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    "This book proves an invaluable tool for scholars of fashion, consumer, and media studies due to the sophisticated ways it thinks through how value accrues and is disseminated in the digital era but where Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet may have the most profound impact is on the fields of ethnic and labor studies." (Women's Studies Quarterly)


    "It is an excellent example of intersectional, feminist digital culture research" (Cinema Journal)


    "[S]he not only makes her argument, she demonstrates a model of digital analysis that is both traditional and novel at the same time. After reading this book, it will be hard to argue against the merits of 'blog studies.'" (Feminist Media Studies)


    "Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet is a compelling book to read, deserving critical acclaim for its originality and insightful contribution to digital fashion media studies concerning the dynamic relations of race, gender, class, and labor." (Journal of Asian Studies)


    "Racialization, Pham convincingly demonstrates, is as central to fashion labor hierarchies in the blogosphere as on the factory floor." (Media Industries Journal)


    "Pham's book is sharp, punchy and eminently readable. It is full of shrewd visual and textual analysis of the content of blogs and puts forward a much needed critique of the kinds of critiques that bloggers themselves tend to have launched at them." ​(International Journal of Fashion Studies)

  • Research

    Peer-reviewed publications

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    A World Without Sweatshops: Abolition Not Reform

    This essay examines the state, capital, and cultural forces underpinning global fashion supply chains and sweatshops, in particular. It goes on to argue that radical women of color feminism (as opposed to "free market" feminism) provides the best means for dismantling rather than just reforming global fashion's extractive structures.

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    To Slow Down Death

    A personal essay reflecting on life and love under colonialism and COVID. It's part of a cluster of essays published in a special issue called "Sociality At The End of the World."

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    This essay takes fashion copynorms (social media produced and shared norms about the difference between fashion creativity and copying) as a case study for analyzing big data. As I discuss, fashion copynorms constitute a dynamic big data archive of contemporary consumer culture and attitudes that tell us a lot about the social conditions and uncertainties structuring big data environments.

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    "How to Make a Mask": Quarantine Feminism and Global Supply Chains

    The essay considers what the rise of at-home mask masking and industrial mask production in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic tell us about how global supply chains are a racial project.

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    "China Through the Looking Glass": Race, Property, and the Possessive Investment in White Feelings

    This is a critical review of the Costume Institute's China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition in 2015. Specifically, I consider the exhibition's display of cultural inspiration and what the curator calls its "romantic Orientalism" as racialized feelings that have material value and power. How they're vested with this value and power and what effects such "a possessive investment in white feelings" produce are the subjects of this essay.

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    Racial Plagiarism and Fashion

    This essay charts a path out of the stultifying binary oppositions of "cultural appropriation" and "cultural appreciation" with regard to fashion and beauty forms and practices. It suggests that "racial plagiarism" is a more precise description of the kinds of copying that happen in fashion and beauty contexts. As an analytic framework, "racial plagiarism" attends to the non-illegal but not unproblematic status of this kind of unauthorized copying; explicitly connects "racial plagiarism" with other forms of racial and economic exclusions that are also not illegal but not unproblematic; and demonstrates how non-legal constructions of authorship and copying produce racialized assumptions about creativity and criminality.

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    Feeling Appropriately: On Fashion Copyright Talk and Copynorms

    Fashion doesn't qualify for copyright protection but a set of copynorms based on socially accepted racial constructions of authorship, originality, private property, and public resource define and differentiate between creativity and criminality. This essay begins with a historical perspective of fashion copynorms. It then examines one case study — a dispute between Feral Childe (a small ecoconscious design firm) and Forever 21 — to demonstrate how cultural frameworks and values about fashion copying are informed by and contribute to racial biases and blind spots.

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    Visualizing ‘the Misfit’: Virtual Fitting Rooms and the Politics of Technology

    This essay investigates the cultural and technological logics underpinning the design and operations of virtual fitting rooms. Analyzing the scientific discourse and methods engineers and researchers employ to establish “the perfect fit” or the optimal “relation between the individual body and the particular garment”, this essay argues that the scientization of style at once establishes and obscures the racial profiling ideologies underlying fashion and style judgments. In this way, this latest fashion consumption technology is fundamentally linked to the expansion of surveillance culture in the US.

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    “I click and post and breathe, waiting for others to see what I see”: On #FeministSelfies, Outfit Photos, and Networked Vanity

    This solicited essay appears in a special issue dedicated to fashion blogs. It draws on the #feministselfie hashtag campaign that emerged on Twitter in November 2013 and the visual activism project promoting immigration reform called RAISE Our Story to insist on a more historically and politically nuanced understanding of the politics and practices of self-composure or "networked vanity".

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    Archival Intimacies: Participatory Media and the Fashion Histories of US Women of Color

    This solicited essay appears in a special issue dedicated to fashion curation. It discusses the critical and curatorial aims, materials, and methods that underpin a digital fashion archive devoted to the histories of US women of color called OF ANOTHER FASHION.

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    Listening as a Labor of Love: Commerce, Community, and Little Saigon Radio

    This essay urges for a shift from the site/sight-specific approaches to race, ethnicity, and nationalism to aural approaches that take into account structures of sound and regimes of listening as modes of diasporic community formation. A close examination of one popular southern California Vietnamese language radio station’s uniquely ad-based programming demonstrates how aural systems and practices produce a Vietnamese American imagined community of radio listeners and consumer citizens.


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    Paul Poiret’s Magical Techno-Oriental Fashions (1911): Race, Clothing, and Virtuality in the Machine Age

    This essay draws on Paul Poiret’s Orientalist fashions and fancy-dress party as a case study for exploring the relations of race, aesthetics, and technology particularly as they cohere around techno-Orientalism. As early as the 1910s, as this essay shows, racial discourses have functioned virtually and virtual bodies have been constituted through racial logics.

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    ‘Susie Bubble Is a Sign of the Times’: The Embodiment of Success in the Web 2.0 Economy

    This essay critically considers the historical formation of success in the postmillennial digital economy. By examining arguably the most recognizable personal style blogger in the world British Chinese blogger Susanna Lau (a.k.a Susie Bubble) as an embodied sign rather than an exceptional figure of success, it is concerned with the technical, cultural, and economic forces that give shape to hegemonic notions of success and the ideal subject it produces. Lau’s personal success, this essay reveals, is reflective of emerging global patterns born out of the rising significance of Asians and young women (especially young Asian women) as consumers and producers in the digital economy.

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    A Success Worse Than Failure

    This short essay is part of the Editor's Forum feature in the Journal of Asian American Studies. In this issue, the editor asked scholars to respond to the question, "Has Asian American Studies Failed?" This essay suggests that discussions of failure reach beyond "evaluation" for a more speculative and suggestive inquiry that considers Asian Americans’ historically fraught relationship to “failure” and “success.”

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    Blog Ambition: Fashion, Feelings, and the Political Economy of the Digital Raced Body

    This essay turns to several Asian American and British Asian fashion blogs as unexpected sites in which popular myths about digital democratization and disembodiment are being challenged. How some personal style blogs deploy a radical politics of sentimentality that reembodies fashion and labor histories with the material realities of race, gender, sex, and class typically invisible in (but nonetheless constitutive of) the fantasies fashion tells is discussed here.


    *This was the Number 1 most-read Camera Obscura article from May 2011 to December 2013.*

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    The Right to Fashion in the Age of Terrorism

    This essay examines the relationship between the U.S. war on terror (targeting persons whose sartorial choices are described as terrorist‐looking and oppressive) and the right‐to‐fashion discourse (promoting fashion consumption as a civil liberty). Looking at these multiple invocations of the democratization of fashion, this essay shows how the right‐to‐fashion discourse colludes with the war on terror by fabricating a neoliberal consumer‐citizen whose right to fashion reasserts U.S. exceptionalism and its principles of private property, social mobility, and individualism.

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    The Asian Invasion (of Multiculturalism) in Hollywood

    This essay traces the links between national and transnational representations of multiculturalism in Hollywood. It focuses on the representation of Asian bodies in two popular films, Rush Hour (1998), a conventionally produced Hollywood film set in post-riot Los Angeles, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), a transnationally produced film set in nineteenth-century mythical China.


    The essay has been anthologized in various film studies books.

  • Public Writing

    Articles written for a general audience

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    As Fashion Lines Are Praised for Making Face Masks, Don’t Ignore Garment Workers

    Fashion brands are offering to make face masks to fight Covid-19. But who are actually making the masks and under what conditions? This article focuses on the sweatshop conditions underlying fashion brand face mask production.

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    How to Fix the Fashion Industry's Racism

    An essay about the flaws and failures of corporate diversity in general and in the fashion industry in particular.

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    Stories the Fashion Media Won’t Tell

    An article about the fashion media's failure to cover a historic workers' strike and what it tells us about the limits of the "ethical fashion" movement.

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    De Blasio’s Plan for NYC Schools Isn’t Anti-Asian. It’s Anti-Racist.

    New York Times, Op-Ed (June 13, 2018)

    An op-ed about making New York City's best public high schools actually public.

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    The High Cost of High Fashion

    An essay on the racial and classist assumptions about "fast fashion."


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    Fashion Shopping While Chinese

    A solicited essay on racial profiling and the fashion pirate in fashion media.

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    Race as a Sartorial Construct

    The Funambulist, Issue 3 (2016)

    A solicited essay on racially inclusive fashion design. How does a collection like Rupert Sanderson's luxury line of "Asian high heels" imagine the "Asian foot"?

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    Spinoza in a T-Shirt

    An article, written with Léopold Lambert, on the politics of bodies and design in and across fashion and architecture. What would design look like if we didn't design for a normative body?

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    Fashion’s Cultural Appropriation Debate: Pointless

    An article outlining an "inappropriate" approach to thinking and talking about cultural appropriation.


    ** Republished as “Pour un discours inaproprié d’appropriation culturelle” in a special issue on Decoloniality in the French sociology journal, Revue Tumultes 48 (May 2017),

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    ‘Diversity’ in Fashion Will Never Be Enough

    An article calling on the industry to move away from the rhetoric of diversity and inclusion to institute real practices of equity.

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    Digital Runways, Paper Dolls

    A solicited article on the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2011 Hologram Runway Show in Beijing, China. Why are virtual runways as white as real runways – especially when Asians are the target consumers?

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    Pose This Way: What Blogger Kinesthetics Say About Global Fashion

    A solicited essay on how popular fashion blogger poses reflect shifting ideas about power, knowledge, and expertise under informational capitalism.

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    Couture’s Chinese Culture Shock

    An article commissioned by American Prospect investigates the persistence of racism against Chinese consumers at a time when they're becoming a key global luxury market.

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    What’s in a Name? Urban Outfitters and the Navajo Nation’s Trademarks

    An article commissioned by American Prospect that draws on the Navajo nation's legal actions against Urban Outfitters to discuss the legal and cultural implications of trademark policies and practices .

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    If the Clothes Fit

    A commissioned essay and cover feature story on fashion as a feminist practice.


    Republished in Susan Shaw and Janet Lee's Women's Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings, 6th edition.

  • Upcoming





    Slow Factory (online)

    October 15, 2021

    "Racism and the Global Fashion Supply Chain"


    Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (online)

    September 17, 2021

    "Sweatshop Abolition and the Future of Fashion"


    Stanford Center for Law and History (online)

    April 30, 2021

    "Working with Intellectual Property: Legal Histories of Innovation, Labor, and Creativity"


    Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University (online)

    December 10, 2020

    Fast Fashion and Racial Capitalism: Power and Vulnerability in the Global Supply Chains of Gender and Migrant Work


    Stanford Center for Law and History (postponed due to Covid-19)

    May 8, 2020


    Bard Graduate Center, New York City

    October 24, 2019

    Fashion, Anxiety, Society: Labor


    Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU

    April 17, 2019

    Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia (book launch)


    NYU School of Law

    April 5-6, 2019

    Race + IP Conference: Engagement, Empowerment, Exclusions (co-organizer)


    The Factory (Ho Chi Minh City)

    March 9, 2019

    "Crowdsourcing Market Regulation or, Fashion Trials By Social Media"


    Seattle Art Museum

    May 12, 2018

    "From Factory to Fashion Blogs (and back again): The Circuits and Spaces of Asian Feminized Fashion Labor"


    University of Washington

    May 10-11, 2018

    Race and Media Conference


    Bellevue City Hall (Seattle, WA)

    May 9, 2018

    "Race and Plagiarism on the Runway"


    The James Gallery (CUNY Graduate Center)

    May 7, 2018

    "Copynorms and the Criminalization of Fashion"


    New York University

    April 12, 2018

    "Everyone in Content Moderation: Social Media Users and the Policing of Property and Piracy"


    Racial Justice & the Arts Symposium

    Harvard Journal for Racial and Ethnic Justice

    March 22, 2018

    "On the Racial License to Copy"


    International Communications Association (San Diego, CA)

    May 29, 2017

    "Media Studies and/as Critical Race and Gender Theory"


    Cultural Studies Association (Washington, D.C.)

    May 25, 2017

    "Author Meets Critic: Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet"


    Boston College

    April 21, 2017

    Book Talk: Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet


    Race and Copyright Conference, Boston College

    April 20-22, 2017

    Plenary speaker: "Networked Media and the Racial License to (Fashion) Copy"


    Fashion+Social+Media Symposium, Univ of Southern California

    USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

    April 6, 2017

    ​Invited speaker


    New York University

    March 27, 2017

    Book Talk: Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet


    University of Washington

    March 1, 2017

    "In Other Fake News: The Production of the Asian Fashion Pirate in Networked Media"


    School of Communications and Information, Rutgers University

    December 9, 2016

    "Trial By Social Media: Thai Instagrammers and the Baggage of Cultural Appropriation"


    Asian/Asian American Studies, Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)

    October 27, 2016

    "The Digital Democratization of Fashion - or Nah?: How Asian Superbloggers Are and Aren't Changing the Fashion Industry"


    Race and Media Conference, New York University

    October 22, 2016

    Plenary speaker


    Graduate School of Fashion, Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)

    October 20, 2016

    "The Cultural Construction of Legality in Fashion Copyright Discourse"


    The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, CSU Los Angeles

    May 18, 2016

    Book Talk: Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet


    Association of Asian American Studies Annual Conference (Miami, FL)

    April 30, 2016

    "The Media Labors and Logics of Fashion Copying"


    Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA, Seattle, WA)

    March 24, 2016

    "The Media Culture of Fashion Copyright"


    Asian American Writers Workshop & NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute

    110-112 West 27 Street, Ste. 600, New York, NY 10001

    February 11, 2016; 7-9pm

    Book event: Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet


    Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna, Austria)

    Invited Speaker, Re-Visioning Fashion Theories–Postcolonial and Critical Transcultural Perspectives Symposium

    December 11-12, 2015

    "Fashion Copying and Racial Feelings"


    Columbia University (New York, NY)
    The Heyman Center for the Humanities
    November 11, 2015 (6-8pm)

    "Race and New Media" A Public Humanities Initiative (panel discussion)


    American Studies Association Annual Conference (Toronto, Canada)

    October 8-11, 2015

    "The Emotional Politics of Fashion Design Piracy and Cultural Theft"


    Pratt Institute
    Wednesday, September 23, 2015

    Juliana Curran Terian Design Center // Design Center Gallery

    "Cultural Appropriation and Fashion" with Adrienne Keene


    Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (Norrköping, Sweden)

    June 15-17, 2015

    "Visualizing ‘the Misfit’: Virtual Fitting Rooms and the Politics of Technology”


    Border Crossings: Dissent Spring 2015 Issue Launch
    hosted by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Co-panelist discussing fashion and the cultural politics of migration


    University of Pennsylvania

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    "So Many and All the Same" But Not Quite: Outfit Photos and the Construction of Racialized Eliteness


    New York University
    Friday, February 20, 2015 (2-6p)
    “The Emotional Politics of Fashion Copynorms and Copyright Talk”


    Vassar College
    Thursday, November 20, 2014 (5:30p)

    “The Taste Work of Asian Superbloggers”


    Parsons the New School of Design
    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (3-5p)

    “Fashioning Race, Race-ing Fashion”


    American Studies Association Annual Conference (Los Angeles, CA)
    Saturday, November 8, 2014
    “Global Circuits of Beauty and Fashion: A Multi-Disciplinary Roundtable”


    Pratt Institute
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    Juliana Curran Terian Design Center // Design Center Gallery
    “Standing Up for Fashion: A conversation about fashion and labor” with fashion model/journalist Yomi Abiola


    Parsons the New School of Design
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    “Techno-Orientalist Design and the Fashioning of the Modern Woman”


    II International Conference on Gender and Communication (Seville, Spain)
    Tuesday-Thursday, April 1-3, 2014

    “#FeministSelfie: Shame, Pleasure, and the Racial Fault Lines of Online Feminist Media”


    Association of Asian American Studies Annual Conference (San Francisco, CA)
    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    “Global Circuits of Beauty and Fashion: A Multi-Disciplinary Roundtable”


    Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Creative Time
    Saturday, October 19, 2013

    “Fashion Between the Door and the Street” (Curator, Suzanne Lacy Public Art Project)


    Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the Asian/Pacific/American Institute
    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    “Refashioning Race, Gender, and Economy”


    Parsons The New School for Design
    Thursday, April 25, 2013
    Professional Development Panel


    New York University

    Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    Humanities Initiative Lecture: “Couture Culture: Politics of Fashion”


    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013
    William A. Kern lecture: “Personal Style Blogs and DIY Race: On Race, Aesthetics, and Capitalism”


    Fashion Studies Today: History, Theory and Practice Conference (CUNY Graduate Center)
    Saturday, May 5, 2013
    “Crowdsourcing Curation, Crowdsourcing Knowledge”


    New York University

    Global Liberal Studies
    Thursday, March 7, 2012
    “Fashion, Feelings, & Electronic Files”


    Dartmouth College
    Friday, Feburary 24, 2012
    Digital Arts & Culture Speaker Series: “The Social Construction of Virtual Fitting Rooms”


    Cranbrook Academy of Art
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    “Threadbared PDA or, Public Displays of Academia/Aesthetics”


    Microsoft Social Computing Symposium (New York, NY)
    Thursday, January 12, 2012
    “The Meat of Burberry’s Hologram Runway Show in Beijing”


    University of Cincinnati

    LOOK BETTER: Interdisciplinary Visual Research Symposium
    Friday, October 14 , 2011 (1:30-4p)
    “Fashion, Feelings, and Electronic Files”


    New York University
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011
    The Humanities Initiative: “Writing Fashion, From Book to Blog”


    University of CA, Berkeley

    Dept of Gender & Women’s Studies + Science, Technology, and Society Center
    Wednesday, November 3, 2010
    “A Perfect You? There’s an App for That”


    Fordham University

    Future Asian Americas Symposium
    Friday, June 6, 2008
    “More than Meets the Eye: Sound, Image, Race”


    Yale University, Asian American Cultural Center
    Monday, March 24, 2008
    “More to Orientalism than Meets the Eye: Sonic Stereotypes that Make Race Audible”

  • Digital Projects

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    In July 2010, I began collecting fashion objects that are generally left out of traditional museum displays, library archives, and fashion scholarship. As of this writing, more than 250 photographs (many contributed by private individuals) and as many personal fashion histories are accessible online in what I’ve described as an alternative archive of the not-quite-hidden but too often ignored fashion histories of U.S. women of color. In 2012, Of Another Fashion was included in WorldCat, the world’s largest library catalog. In 2014, a special issue devoted to fashion curation in the academic journal Fashion, Style & Popular Culture published an article I wrote about the curatorial and critical implications of the archive.


    The images and stories that are represented offer an oppositional memory of not only fashion and style but also an opposing viewpoint of the lived experiences of U.S. women of color with respect to fashion. The women of color represented in Of Another Fashion have lives and interests, desires and experiences that go beyond any easy identifications. The histories collected in Of Another Fashion illustrate in vivid terms and intimate detail that women of color—both those whose families have been in the U.S. for generations and those who arrived as immigrants—have long participated in U.S. fashion culture in a myriad of complex ways.


    At the end of 2014, Of Another Fashion has more than 206,000 subscribers. It has been featured on NPR's The Picture Show, Colorlines, Hyphen magazine, and was named one of The Roots' "Best Tumblrs to Follow" (2012).

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    Threadbared (co-authored with Mimi Nguyen, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) is a widely respected research blog on the politics, aesthetics, histories, theories, cultures and subcultures that go by the names “fashion” and “beauty.” While the blog is now inactive, it remains viewable. Many of the posts have also been syndicated to media sites including Alternet, Racialicious, and Jezebel.

  • Media


    • Cited in MSNBC, "50 Years of Ms. Magazine: How the Groundbreaking Publication Sparked a Feminist Revolution" (October 11)
    • Cited in Business Insider, "Black Street Style is the Nexus of Fashion" (August 10)
    • Guest on NPR's 1A show, "What's Changed a Decade After the Rana Plaza Collapse?" (April 27)
    • Guest on The Conversation podcast discussion, "Garment Workers 10 Years After Rana Plaza" (April 13)
    • Quoted in Vogue Business, "Slow Factory Has Hit Reset On Its Climate School Plans. What Happened?" (February 13)



    • Cited in New York Times Style Magazine, "What Does Cultural Appropriation Really Mean?" (October 2)
    • Cited in Teen Vogue, "Cultural Appropriation of Islam Is a Focus of 'Stealing My Religion'" (September 14)
    • Cited in New York Magazine/Vulture, "57 Books We Can't Wait To Read This Fall" (August 31)
    • Cited in El Pais, "Leading Tik Tok influencer creates fashion parodies from...world’s poorest islands (July 5)
    • Quoted in Bloomberg, "The Global Glut of Clothing is an Environmental Crisis" (February 23)
    • Cited in Lithub, "Bookcore" (January 7)
    • Cited in New York Magazine/Vulture, "49 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2022" (January 6)



    • Featured in Porter Magazine, "The Care Collective" (August 23)
    • Cited in L'Officiel, "What Fashion Can Learn From the First Generation of Asian Bloggers" (April 7)
    • Quoted in Salon, "Racism, misogyny, guns and religion: Experts call Atlanta 'an unmistakable American stew''" (March 23)
    • Cited in Diet Prada (March 18)




    • Cited in Vogue, "Lorelai Gilmore's Wardrobe Is a Perfect Early Aughts Time Capsule" (November 28)
    • Cited in Fashionista, "Must Read: The Real Impact of MicroInfluencers" (April 18)
    • Cited in Bitch Media, "From Information Superhighway to Digital Runway: The Complicated Legacy of Fashion Blogging" (March 5)


    • Cited in Racked, "When Brands Use Plus-Size Models and Don’t Make Plus-Size Clothes" (June 5)
    • Cited in Huffington Post, "These Eerie Social Media Stars Aren’t Even Real People" (April 9)
    • Cited in Los Angeles Times, "Yamashiro, a century-old Japanese-style castle in Hollywood, tests limits of cultural appropriation debate" (April 7)
    • Quoted in Fashionista, "Is Instagram's Newest Sensation Just Another Example of Cultural Appropriation?" (March 27)



    • Cited in The Sydney Morning Herald, "Stella McCartney accused of cultural appropriation at Paris Fashion Week show" (October 5)
    • Cited in Forward, "The Problem is 'Wellness'" (June 16)
    • Cited in MTV.com, "A Fashion Syllabus By Women, For Women" (March 10)



    • Cited in Quartz (Atlantic Media), "The history of pantsuits shows why we care so much about female politicians’ style" October 25.
    • Quoted in il Post Moda, "Le modelle sono quasi sempre bianche" October 15.
    • Interviewed in Business of Fashion, "Between the Catwalk and the Consumer: Fashion's Growing Diversity Gap" October 11.
    • Interviewed in Asian American Writers' Workshop's Open City Magazine, "The Modern Chupa" October 9.
    • Interviewed in Buzzfeed.com, "Can Silicon Valley Fix Women's Fashion?" June 4.
    • Quoted in Bustle.com, "11 Reasons Fashion and Feminism Don't Clash" May 20.
    • Quoted in Fashionista.com, "Can Celebrities Dress for the Chinese-Themed Met Gala Without Being Culturally Insensitive?." May 1.
    • Research mentioned in Yahoo! News Singapore's "Redressing Feminism: Why Fashion Must Do More To Advance Women’s Rights." March 9.
    • Interviewed on Public Radio International's "To The Best of Our Knowledge". March 8.



    • Interviewed in Spex: Magazin für Popkultur, “Cultural Appropriation in Mode und Pop” (November/December 2014): pp. 100-103.
    • Cited in Đẹp Online, “Dùng hàng hiệu đòi nữ quyền”/”Branding Feminism,” November 18.
    • Quoted in Slate.com, “This $248 Denim Jumpsuit is the Latest Example of a Horrible Fashion Tradition,” October 20.
    • Quoted in Bustle. com, "Is This Cultural Appropriation or Just Finding Unexpected Inspiration?" May 26.
    • Quoted in Daily Californian, "Pop Culture Puts Cultural Appropriation in the Spotlight" April 28.
    • Quoted in Providence Journal, "Fashion Blogs By, and For, the Common People" February 16.
    • Quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer, “Philly fashion blogs by and for the common woman” January 15, p.C-1.
    • Quoted in Bullett Media, “Ghetto Fabulous: 13 Voices Speak on Fashion’s Appropriation of Urban Culture” January 9.



    • Interviewed in documentary, SWAP (examines fashion consumerism, environmentalism, and the economy), director Catherine Tyc.
    • Cited in Worn Journal, “Best of 2012 Fashion Writing”
    • Cited in The Nation, “Interns’ Favorite Articles of the Week” November 30.
    • Cited in Bullett Media, “What It Feels Like for a Girl: Does Feminism Have a Place in Fashion by Fiona Duncan, October 22.
    • Quoted in CNN Mexico, "¿Por qué no funcionó el concepto de "geisha sexy" de Victoria's Secret?" September 27.
    • Quoted in CNN. “‘Sexy Little Geisha?’ Not so much, say many Asian Americans” by Moni Basu, September 26.
    • Quoted in Colorlines. “More Asian Models at N.Y. Fashion Week, But the Industry Is Not Post Racial” by Jorge Rivas, September 18.
    • Quoted in Wall Street Journal. “Why the Rise of Asia In Fashion Isn’t As Beautiful As It Seems” by Jeff Yang, September 17.
    • Interviewed in Subtle Magazine, a publication of Asian Americans and the avant-garde (Summer 2012): 19-26.
    • Research featured in Visual Communications’ blog, From the Vault, July 19.
    • Cited in Jezebel. “Beauty and the Bloodied: Violence Against Women Disguised as Fashion” by Jenna Sauers, June 11.
    • Cited in Jezebel. “Was the Burned Birkin Real or Fake?” by Jenna Sauers,
      May 31.
    • Research featured in Bust Magazine. “Feminist Fashion: 4 Sites We Love” May 2.
    • Cited in Jezebel. “Ragtrade Roundup” by Jenna Sauers, April 27.
    • Cited in Chictopia. “What’s So Wrong with Conspicuous Consumption?” by Helen Zou, March 20.
    • Research featured in Daily Fashion Report. “On Feminism and Fashion,” January 18.


    • Interviewed in Hyphen Magazine blog. “Picturing Fashions Past” November 29.
    • Cited in Rookie Magazine. “Style=Substance,” by Jenny Zhang, November 28.
    • Quoted in Wall Street Journal. “Hollywood’s New Kick: Why Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting” by Don Steinberg, November 25. D-1.
    • Cited in Racialicious. “‘No Light, No Light’” by Julia Caron, November 22.
    • Feature story in Hyphen Magazine 24 (Winter 2011), “Oh, This Old Thing?”
    • Research featured in Rookie Magazine. “Talking About the Internet” by Jenny Zhang Oct. 27.
    • Cited in Hyphen Magazine blog. “Try on the ‘New Blackface’ This Season in Dolce and Gabbana!” by Thao Ngo, October 14.
    • Cited in Bitch Magazine. “On Our Radar” September 19.
    • Quoted in Ha’aretz Newspaper. “On Eagles Wings: Fashion, Ten Years After September 11” by Sahar Shalev, September 9. (In Hebrew)
    • Cited in Bitch Magazine. “On Our Radar,” September 9.
    • Quoted in WNYC. “Despite 10th Anniversary of 9/11, Fashion Week Marches On” by Julia Furlan, September 7.
    • Research featured in New York Times. “Thinking Cap: Shopping for Freedom” by Patricia Cohen, July 19.
    • Feature story in NPR The Picture Show. “The Fashions of Women of Color” by Whitney Wyckoff, July 7.
    • Cited in Chronicle of Higher Education. “Fashion, Out of the Closet” by Laura Sloan Patterson, Vol. 57 Issue 39 pB20. June 12.
    • Quoted in Business of Fashion. “Fashion’s Racial Asymmetry” by Imran Amed, May 17.
    • Quoted in Guardian. “Chinese models stride the catwalk as the west eyes China’s rich fashion market” by Tania Branigan, May 15.
    • Feature story in Worn Fashion Journal. “Remembrance of Things Past,” April 13.
    • Feature story in San Francisco Chronicle. Style Section. “Lively Threadbared” by Beth Hughes, Apr 1.
    • Cited in Racialicious. “Allure Marks Shifting Beauty Standards; Declares the ‘All-American Beauty’ Ideal Dead” by Latoya Peterson, March 23.
    • Cited in NPR radio show Tell Me More. “Ladies Remember Elizabeth Taylor, Weigh Modern Beauty Standards” by Farai Chideya, March 23.
    • Quoted in WNYC. “NY Culture Vultures Applaud Dior’s Move To Fire Fashion Designer John Galliano” by Abbie Swanson, March 1.
    • Feature story in Colorlines. “Today’s Love Is of Another Fashion, and the Women Who Lead It” by Channing Kennedy, March 1.
    • Feature story in Etsy. “Hunting for the Neglected Sartorial Narratives” February 21.
    • Feature story in YouthRadio.org for Turnstyle News, “‘Of Another Fashion’: Overlooked Fashion Goddesses” by Robyn Gee, February 2.
    • Cited in Ms. magazine blog. “Editor’s Picks” by Annie Shields, January 23.



    • Interviewed on Racialicious. “Addicted to Race” podcast, October 19.


  • About

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    Minh-Ha T. Pham is an Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. For the past decade, her research has been focused on tracking the casualization of fashion labor under global capitalism and digital capitalism. She's the author of two books: Asians Wear Clothes on the Internet: Race, Gender, and the Work of Personal Style Blogging (2015) and, rmost recently, Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Social Media’s Influence on Fashion, Ethics, and Property (2022). Both books are published by Duke University Press. Her research has also been published in academic and mainstream outlets such as The New Republic, The Nation, New York Times, Social Text, American Quarterly, Jacobin, and The Atlantic.


    Her research has been featured in, among other sites, The New York Times, Vogue, The Guardian, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


    She lives in Brooklyn with her son.



    Minh-Ha received a BA in English at University of California, Santa Barbara (1995) and earned a PhD in Comparative Ethnic Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Visual Studies at University of California, Berkeley (2007).