Issei, Nisei, War Bride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service
Evelyn Nakano GlennISBN: 0877225648;
In this unique study of Japanese American women employed as domestic workers, Evelyn Nakano Glenn reveals through historical research and in-depth interviews how the careers of these strong but oppressed women affected the history of Asian immigration inthe San Francisco-Bay Area. Three generations of women speak in their own words about coping with degraded employment and how this work related to family and community life. The disproportionate concentration of Japanese American women in domestic service from the early part of this century to the present resulted from their status as immigrants and women of color in a race and gender stratified local labor market. The three generations covered by this study?pre-1924 immigrants (issei), first American born generation (nisei), and post-World War II immigrants (war brides)?were subjected to multiple forms of oppression but were not appendages of men nor passive victims. Dr. Glenn shows how their struggles to achieve...
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