ERIC Number: ED156812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr-22
Reference Count: 0
Quality of Working Life of Asian Americans in Middle-Size Cities.
Nandi, Proshanta K.
This paper assesses perceptions of quality of working life of Indians, Chinese, Pakistanis, Filipinos, and Koreans, living in Springfield, Illinois. The aspects of occupational life considered in this study are perceptions of job satisfaction, relations with colleagues, opportunities for advancement, and discrimination. The data were obtained through face to face interviews with 45 respondents from the five groups. Findings indicate that despite some variation among the groups, the Asian Americans are generally well educated, professionally skilled, employed in prestigious occupations, and have a great deal of job satisfaction. They do not see any overt and blatant work related discrimination against them by the majority population, despite occasional reports of discrimination against individual Asian Americans. Beyond the work setting, there is little if any interaction between the Asian population and their colleagues and neighbors of the majority population. A major constraining feature of the Asian's work life is the existence of an invisible job ceiling which defines the heights Asian Americans may reach in any organizational or professional hierarchy, limiting them to non policy making positions. Traditional modesty, a feeling of gratefulness toward their host country, and some fear, might be seen as inhibiting forces against expression of any negative feelings about their work lives. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois (Springfield); Pakistanis
Note: Not available in hard copy due to author's restriction; Paper prepared for presentation at the Annual Conference on Ethnic and Minority Studies (6th, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Wisconsin, April 19-22, 1978)