Occupational hazards and risks faced by Chinese immigrant restaurant workers.
Fam Commun Health 2007 Apr-Jun; 30(Suppl 2):S71-S79
Historically, Chinese immigrants to the United States have worked in restaurants to support their families. Hazards and risks associated with this population's work in restaurants are underrepresented in the literature. This ethnographic study used interviews, participant-observations, and follow-up focus sessions with 18 immigrants from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to identify potential physical, biological, enviromechanical, chemical, and psychosocial hazards that they face. Psychosocial hazards were most often mentioned by the participants; biological hazards were not identified in the data. Practice and research implications for addressing health disparities in this population are discussed.
Physical-stress; Psychological-adaptation; Psychological-factors; Psychological-stress; Biological-effects; Environmental-contamination; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-physiology; Environmental-stress; Mechanical-properties; Psychology; Sociological-factors; Work-environment; Worker-health; Qualitative-analysis
Jenny Hsin-Chun Tsai, PhD, ARNP, Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, School of Nursing, University of Washington, Box 357263, Seattle, WA 98195
Family & Community Health
University of Washington School of Nursing