Asian ethnic entrepreneurship (small businesses) a source of “gender equity” or “gender inequality”? Explain and provide examples to illustrate your answer.
Asian ethnic entrepreneurship is a big source of gender inequity in many respects. According to the research sources, majority of the small businesses owned by the Asian immigrants do not employee anybody from outside but use their women as free labor source. The aspects of the gender inequity can be understand from several findings of the source in the gender module. For example, women not only have to take the burden of all the domestic labor, but they also work for the business after the domestic labor is over, while men only work on the business. Even some of the women are found to do domestic labor (cooking, cleaning) in parallel with running the business for their male counterpart. Using of women as free labor has been a major factor in the successful running of these small businesses as this way they are able to keep the business open for extended hours. Moreover, in some cases it has also been found that some younger women are made to work with the business for free while their kids are being taken care of the older women at home. The older women in this case are also responsible for domestic labor like cooking and cleaning etc. Moreover, due to the extended commitment of the Asian women both in the domestic as well as free business labor, they are limited in terms of extending friends’ as well as professional networks and similarly, they are deprived of learning and enhancing other skills compared to men who are rich both in terms of their close friendship networks as well as having opportunities to enhance their professional networks and professional skills. All these examples are directly relevant to the fact that small businesses among Asian ethnic networks represents gender inequity.