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Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225619

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225619.001.0001

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Gender and Labor in Asian Immigrant Families

Gender and Labor in Asian Immigrant Families

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(p.81) Chapter 5 Gender and Labor in Asian Immigrant Families
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Gender and U.S. Immigration
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Yen Le Espiritu

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225619.003.0005

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

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