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Wendy Bable is a white, cis, neurodivergent woman who is from and currently resides in Pennsylvania. She works in theater, but when COVID-19 pandemic hit, her contracts were cancelled. After making masks for local nurses, she wanted to find ways to serve Native American communities so she joined the Auntie Sewing Squad in late April of 2020.
(00:00) Bable shares her story of how she became involved with the Auntie Sewing Squad after her work in theater came to a halt. (05:49) Bable recalls her family history, including the fact that her grandmother worked in a pants factory and that Bable is the oldest of 11 siblings. (11:33) Bable identifies two aspects of the Auntie Sewing Squad: first, Aunties were supportive and generous in observing and sharing with sewers at every skill level and second, Aunties were unapologetically resourceful. (14:58) She then discusses the game changing aspect of Auntie care and the role of a Super Auntie. (20:34) Bable reflects on how being a white, cis, neurodivergent woman has shaped her participation in the Auntie Sewing Squad, particularly how she learned and witnessed Asian American women contend with their immigrant family histories of garment work. (24:49) Bable recounts what it was like to meet Aunties in person and attend Kristina Wong’s performance in New York (30:00) She ends with noting the intentionality of how Kristina Wong led with humor.
Rocio Ponce-Montanez; Yelitzi Ortega
Bable, Wendy, "Interview with Wendy Bable" (2021). Auntie Sewing Squad Interviews. 54.