Miliann Kang’s research interests include social construction of race, gender and class; sociology of the body, emotional labor and service interactions, immigrant women's work; Asian American Communities; Relations between Korean Americans and African Americans. As a Family Scholar, she considered how the decision to “opt out” or
remain in the workforce after having a child affects the well-being of Asian American women. She developed a grant proposal for a study to interview and survey two groups of Asian American women: those who opt out of the workforce when they have children and those who remain in the workforce. By taking cultural differences, gender, and racial discrimination into account, Kang’s work aims to address the lack of consideration for Asian American issues in the current opting out debate.
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