Seminar: "Nepali Migrant Women Resistance and Survival in America"


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Brown Bag Seminar by Visiting Scholar, Shobah Hamal Gurung, Co-Sponsors: Research Program, East-West Center and Sociology Department, University of Hawaii, Manoa

When: Mar 20 2017 - 12:00pm until Mar 20 2017 - 1:00pm
Where: John A. Burns Hall, 3012 (Third Floor)

Hamal Gurung presents us with a powerful ethnography of the educated and professional Nepali migrant women who work in ethnically segmented labor markets in the US. By making visible the most invisible ethnic minority among the South Asian community,  she challenges the typical binary characterization of immigrants as either exploited victims or empowered agents. The Nepali women are both exploited in their low-waged, unskilled work and empowered through their participation in the creation of transnational networks and their actions as transnational agents. The power and effects of women’s civic citizenship, agency, and empowerment are far-reaching, transcending global boundaries.

Shobha Hamal Gurung is Associate Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at Southern Utah University and the Program Director of SUU’s Nepal Studies Program. The nature and scope of her scholarship is collaborative, interdisciplinary, global, and transnational. Some of her  notable publications include Women Weavers in Nepal: Between Global Market and Local Craft Production; Nepali Female Migrants and Informalization of Domestic and Care Work: Service or Servitude?”; Sex Trafficking and the Sex Trade Industry: The Processes and Experiences of Nepali Women; Shifting Gender Roles and Shifting Power Relations: Immigrant/Migrant Nepali Families in New York and Los Angeles; Fluidity and Realities of Race, Class, and Gender:  Different Places, Times, and Contexts;  and Dynamics and Ramifications of US Immigration and Visa Policies: Nepali Transnational Workers, Families, and Children in the United States.

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Anna Tanaka
Phone: 808.944.7607