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Gender and Labor in Asian Immigrant Families

Yen Le Espiritu

in Gender and U.S. Immigration

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780520225619
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929869 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225619.003.0005
Gender and Labor in Asian Immigrant Families

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The chapter serves as an initial attempt to survey the field of modern Asian immigrants, as well as the effects of employment patterns on gender relations. It shows that the development of female-intensive industries in the United States—and the corresponding preference for female and racialized labor—has improved the employability of some Asian immigrant women and has placed them as the co-providers or primary providers of their families. Based on the provided data, it is suggested that gender relations can be experienced differently in various structural occupational locations. The chapter shows that today's Asian immigrants are composed of not only low-wage service sector workers, but also significant numbers of white-collar professionals. It also takes a look at three occupational categories and the gender issues found within each group: the wage laborers, the salaried professionals, and the self-employed entrepreneurs.

Keywords: Asian immigrants; employment patterns; gender relations; occupational categories; gender issues

Chapter.  9614 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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