The project focuses on women from four Southeast Asian countries,
Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, who are living in the Washington,
DC metropolitan area. At the time of the study, all of the women lived
in either Maryland or Virginia, and some worked in the District of Columbia.
In choosing which women to interview for this project, the
project directors consulted members of the Southeast Asian American community
and the advisory committee. Those chosen for interviews were women who
could serve as role models for young Southeast Asian Americans and whose
life examples would help break stereotypes of passive, quiet, stay-at-home
Southeast Asian women. The criteria for selection was:
- Women who combine a professional career while still maintaining
their cultural traditions.
- Women who have acquired training and education in the
United States in fields not traditionally participated in by women in
Southeast Asia, such as law, politics, engineering and medicine.
- Women who have successfully applied skills learned in
their native countries to their new environment, such as dance instruction
and handicrafts production.