Liberation of Asian American Women: An Uncertain Quest

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Spring 4-1-1994


MD Publications Pvt Ltd.


This paper explores the attitudes of Asian American women toward the women's liberation movement in an attempt to understand their gender role ideologies. Qualitative data collected in a middle size city suggest that Asian American women compartmentalize their sex-role orientations into those appropriate for their family lives and working lives. While accepting the principle of equal opportunity in the workplace, they adhere to traditional sex role orientations within the home. Such inconsistencies can be explained in the context of the immigrant adaptation process through which Asian women selectively accept new elements from the host society while retaining their cultural traditions. Cross-cultural comparisons with the sex-role orientations of American women are alluded to when possible.