Shifting Gender Roles and Shifting Power Relations

Immigrant/Migrant Nepali Families in New York and Los Angeles
  • Shobha Hamal Gurung
Part of the International Perspectives on Migration book series (IPMI, volume 6)


Nepali female migrants are becoming the fastest growing immigrant workforce from the South Asian community, particularly in the service and care work sectors of major cities in the United States. However, to date no study has investigated their work experiences or the impact of their labor on Nepali family life/gender relations in the U.S. and back home in Nepal. As a part of the Nepal Diaspora, these women potentially influence Nepal; as part of transnational workers, these women’s experiences reflect the lives of many other transnational women. Using an ethnographic approach, this paper analyzes how women’s transnational work affects and transforms their personal, family, and community lives; and captures the complexities of these women’s social, cultural, political, and economic realms.


Gender Role Research Participant Gender Relation Traditional Gender Role Gender Socialization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Southern Utah University, CN 22HCedar CityUSA

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