Nepali Migrant Women

Nepali Migrant Women

Resistance and Survival in America

eBook - 2015
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In this pathbreaking and timely work, Hamal Gurung gives voice to the growing
number of Nepali women who migrate to the United States to work in the informal
economy. Highlighting the experiences of thirty-five women, mostly college
educated and middle class, who take on domestic service and unskilled labor
jobs, Hamal Gurung challenges conventional portraits of Third World women
as victims forced into low-wage employment. Instead, she sheds light on Nepali
women’s strategic decisions to accept downwardly mobile positions in order to
earn more income, thereby achieving greater agency in their home countries as
well as in their diasporic communities in the United States. These women are not
only investing in themselves and their families—they are building transnational
communities through formal participation in NGOs and informal networks of
migrant workers. In great detail, Hamal Gurung documents Nepali migrant
women’s lives, making visible the profound and far-reaching effects of their
civic, economic, and political engagement.

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Nepali Migrant Women: Resistance and Survival in America aims to address stereotyping of immigrant workers in Western countries, focusing on Nepali women working in low-paid domestic and other service positions in the United States. The goal of this book is to enlighten readers to the fascinating and often surprising circumstances that the book’s subjects face, while also showing how immigrants foster and sustain transnational networks. It takes a more subjective approach, rather than objective study, in order to bring the subjects to life for the reader, therefore allowing readers to experience empathy and intimacy to the subjects and their lives. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York :, Syracuse University Press,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780815653479
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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