About Fulbright

The J. William Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright and aims to increase understanding between the people of the United States and people from other countries. I was selected to conduct a project exploring the social networks that migrant women in the domestic service industry construct amongst themselves in order to combat challenges created by the nature of their work.


the ILO estimates that in China, 20 million migrant workers work as domestic servants, 90% of which are women. These women are cut off from public and employment based services due to their household registration status. This project investigates the social networks which migrant women of the Shanghai  domestic service industry construct to support themselves in the absence of formal support. I will primarily utilize qualitative data in the form of interviews to answer this question.


This blog is not an official site of the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State.  The views expressed on this site are entirely those of myself, Nellie LaValle, and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State, or any of its partner organizations.