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Becoming American by
Call Number: E184 .A1 B288 2000
Publication Date: 2000-02-16
This collection of original essays, the first of its sort, written by first generation women immigrants, offers a glimpse into the process of assimilation. Edited and with an introduction by a noted young Ghanaian-American author, this book includes selections by widely acclaimed authors such as Lucy Grealy, and Judith Ortiz-Cofer, alongside the works of other writers.
Foreign and Female by
Call Number: HQ1410 .W43 1995
Publication Date: 1995-12-01
Spanning the peak immigration years from 1840 to 1930, this engrossing account documents the experiences of a wide range of European women who traveled to America. This critically acclaimed volume, thoughtfully and meticulously researched, explores the courage, intelligence, and persistence women from all over Europe needed in order to begin a new life in the United States.
From the Other Side: women, gender, and immigrant life in the U.S., 1820-1990 by
Call Number: JV6601.W7 G33 1994
Publication Date: 1995-02-01
An impressive achievement by a scholar well-versed in the field. Virginia Yans-McLaughlin. Sweeping in scope and prodigious in research, Gabaccia is able to make insightful comparisons between these female newcomers in both the past and the present and between the experiences of the foreign-born and other minorities in American society."
Gender and U. S. Immigration by
Publication Date: 2003-08-01
Resurgent immigration is one of the most powerful forces disrupting and realigning everyday life in the United States and elsewhere, and gender is one of the fundamental social categories anchoring and shaping immigration patterns. Yet the intersection of gender and immigration has received little attention in contemporary social science literature and immigration research. This book brings together some of the best work in this area, including essays by pioneers who have logged nearly two decades in the field of gender and immigration, and new empirical work by both young scholars and well-established social scientists bringing their substantial talents to this topic for the first time.
Gendered Journeys: Women, Migration and Feminist Psychology by
Publication Date: 2015-06-16
This book brings a psychological perspective to the often overlooked and understudied topic of women's experiences of migration, covering topics such as memory, place, language, race, social class, work, violence, motherhood, and intergenerational impact of migration.
Immigrant Women by
Publication Date: 1994-07-01
Immigrant Women combines memoirs, diaries, oral history, and fiction to present an authentic and emotionally compelling record of women's struggles to build new lives in a new land.
The Maid's Daughter by
Call Number: HD6072.2.U5 R674 2013
Publication Date: 2011-09-01
2012 Americo Paredes Book Award Winner for Non-Fiction presented by the Center for Mexican American Studies at South Texas College Selected as a 2012 Outstanding Title by AAUP University Press Books for Public and Secondary School Libraries This is Olivia's story. Born in Los Angeles, she is taken to Mexico to live with her extended family until the age of three. Olivia then returns to L.A. to live with her mother, Carmen, the live-in maid to a wealthy family. Mother and daughter sleep in the maid's room, just off the kitchen. Olivia is raised alongside the other children of the family. She goes to school with them, eats meals with them, and is taken shopping for clothes with them. She is like a member of the family. Except she is not. Based on over twenty years of research, noted scholar Mary Romero brings Olivia's remarkable story to life.
Unbound Voices by
Publication Date: 1999-11-24
Unbound Voices brings together the voices of Chinese American women in a fascinating, intimate collection of documents--letters, essays, poems, autobiographies, speeches, testimonials, and oral histories--detailing half a century of their lives in America. Together, these sources provide a captivating mosaic of Chinese women's experiences in their own words, as they tell of making a home for themselves and their families in San Francisco from the Gold Rush years through World War II.
Violence Against Latina Immigrants by
Publication Date: 2010-06-07
Caught between violent partners and the bureaucratic complications of the US Immigration system, many immigrant women are particularly vulnerable to abuse. For two years, Roberta Villalón volunteered at a nonprofit group that offers free legal services to mostly undocumented immigrants who had been victims of abuse. Her innovative study of Latina survivors of domestic violence explores the complexities at the intersection of immigration, citizenship, and violence, and shows how inequality is perpetuated even through the well-intentioned delivery of vital services.
Women Crossing Boundaries by
Publication Date: 1999-01-07
Women's Experience of Migration -- Collecting Immigrant Women's Life Narratives -- The Stories -- Migration, Sexuality, and the Preservation of Culture and Tradition -- Language: Identity, Silence, and Sexuality -- Mothers, Daughters, and Migration -- The Experience of Lesbian Immigrants.
Don't tell anyone: No le digas a nadie
Since the age of 4, Angy Rivera has lived in the United States with a secret that threatens to upend her life: She is undocumented. Angy arrived with her mother, fleeing violence, poverty, and civil war in their native Colombia. For 20 years they live in the shadows, struggling to stay afloat financially and avoid deportation while battling a complex and inequitable immigration system. "Don’t tell anyone" is a phrase whispered often and branded deeply on the consciousness of all who are undocumented.
One Hundred Eggs a Minute
One Hundred Eggs a Minute is an experimental documentary film about the reflections of a second-generation Chinese-American woman who grew up working in her family’s fortune cookie factory in San Francisco from ages 5 to 23. This is a film about one immigrant family’s means of survival, as much as it is a story about work, filial piety, sacrifice and the meaning of choice.“This film will stimulate discussion and provoke a critical re-examination of both the partial truths and distortions in stereotypes of Asian American women and families.”-Sylvia Yanagisako, Professor of Anthropology
Follows five immigrant mothers in Oakland, California who get involved in an effort to start a new small school for their children and become researchers and videographers to document their findings.
SEWING WOMAN chronicles the bittersweet journey of one woman's determination to survive: from an arranged marriage in old China to working class comforts in modern America. Produced over 18 years ago, this classic film continues to screen widely and is now treasured by a new generation of film goers -- it is considered by many cinema enthusiasts as an early prototype for the personal-diary genre made popular today with the recent handi-cam video explosion. SEWING WOMAN is based on a series of oral histories and the life story of the filmmaker's mother, Zem Ping Dong, an immigrant who has worked in San Francisco garment factories for over 30 years.
Asylum: Fleeing Genital Mutilation
Asylum is a powerful tale of a young Ghanian woman whose life suddenly changes when her father insists that she undergo a bloody, life-threatening circumcision and then marry an old man. Having no recourse but to leave the country, she obtained a false passport and a ticket to the U.S. with the help of friends. The INS spotted the forgery immediately and arrested her at Newark Airport. She spends a nightmarish year in prison before she is successful in obtaining political asylum. Her chilling story is not unlike that of many of the 7,000 women immigrants now being held in detention, awaiting legal representation and hearings on their claims.
Lev Lazinskiy from San Francisco, USA / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)
American Immigration Council: The Impact of Immigrant Women on America's Labor Force
There are nearly 12 million immigrant (foreign-born) women workers in the United States today, comprising just over 7 percent of the total labor force. According to data from the 2015 American Community Survey (ACS), large numbers of immigrant women workers are found at both ends of the educational spectrum; just over one-third have a bachelor’s degree or more, while more than two-fifths have a high-school diploma or less. This diverse educational profile is reflected in the wide range of jobs they fill, many of which are lower paid yet vital to the functioning of the U.S. economy.
Immigrant Women's Speakout Association
The Association is a non-profit, benevolent and empowering organisation whose aims and objectives are as follows: a) To alleviate the poverty and distress of migrant and refugee women. b) To provide appropriate services to immigrant and refugee women in need, particularly those without any other avenues of assistance, those who are isolated, and those at risk of homelessness, abuse and ill health. c) To assist immigrant and refugee women to achieve equal participation in society and the opportunity to express their own economic, political, social, religious, cultural and sexual identity.
National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project
The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP, pronounced new-app) addresses the needs of immigrant women, immigrant children and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes by advocating for reforms in law, policy and practice.
New Beginnings: Immigrant Women and the American Experience
Though women are integral characters, immigration is rarely thought of as a woman's story. Women historically have accounted for almost fifty percent of immigrants and currently exceed that. Women's motivations for migration have been varied and complex. Gender has influenced migrant women's choices to immigrate as well as their opportunities and challenges upon arrival.
NOW: Immigration as a Feminist Issue
Immigration is a feminist issue. Women and their children comprise approximately three-quarters of people migrating to the United States each year. Seventy percent of immigrant women attain legal status through a family-based visa, but the backlog is so severe that about four million people are currently waiting to be reunited with their families — some have already waited decades. Moreover, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender immigrants are not allowed to sponsor their partners or children for residency despite raising children and owning homes together.
Status of Women in the U.S.: Immigrant Women
Approximately 21 million female immigrants live in the United States, making up just over 13 percent of the nation’s female population. Immigrant women come from all over the world, with the largest shares from Mexico (25.6 percent), the Philippines (5.3 percent), China (4.7 percent), and India (4.6 percent). In their multiple roles as students, professionals and other workers, spouses, parents, and caregivers, immigrant women make important contributions to local communities, the economy, and society.