ERIC Number: ED212545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep-23
Reference Count: 0
The Cultural Integration of Asian American Professional Women: Issues of Identity and Communication Behavior. Final Report.
Yamauchi, Joanne Sanae
The purpose of this study was to examine the communication behavior of Asian American women who held nontraditional, male-dominated jobs. Two hundred and eighty seven Asian American women of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Philippino descent in both traditional and nontraditional occupations were interviewed in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. In the interviews various instruments were utilized to determine the participants' ethnic identity, sexual identity, interracial identity, and verbal and non-verbal communication patterns. Results included the following. Nontraditional occupation holders displayed (1) a combination of Asian and American value orientations, (2) more masculine tendencies or the perceived ability associated with masculine-related orientations such as being more decisive and ambitious, (3) a rejection of stereotypes attributed to them by white members of society, (4) more situation-person specific assertive verbal behavior, and (5) a trend toward more nonverbal assertive behavior. The pattern of multicultural adjustment of the Asian American women in nontraditional occupations consisted of their being more highly educated and older than their counterparts in traditional occupations, and in their displaying an additional set of communication behavioral skills to deal with a variety of individuals of different sexes and cultures. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Univ., Washington, DC.
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