Lan Ngo

Vietnamese Low-Wage Worker-Needs Assessment

I am a bilingual Vietnamese student at UC Berkeley majoring in Environmental
Sciences with a minor in South and Southeast Asian Studies. For my senior research
project, I will conduct a needs assessment of low-wage female workers in the local
Bay Area Vietnamese community. I will develop and implement a surveying project
that will seek to explore the health and safety and labor and employment issues
that low-wage Vietnamese workers face in the Bay Area. I will be working in
collaboration with Equal Rights Advocates (“ERA”), a non-profit dedicated to
protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for
women and girls.

An up-to-date, local survey and assessment is necessary in order to collect data
regarding where Vietnamese populations are working, the nature of their work, and
any accompanying issues and barriers that they face. This survey is a necessary
first step in order to establish effective outreach and assistance programs that
are tailored to the demographics and needs of this community. Currently there are
no legal service-based organizations in the Bay Area that are providing direct
services to Vietnamese laborers to address their workplace (labor/employment and
health and safety issues). This pilot project will seek to gather the necessary
information to formulate and create such a project.