Welcome to Sawyer Seminar on Precarious Work in Asia

This seminar series examines precarious work in a variety of Asian countries (China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, and Thailand). By “precarious work,” we refer to the uncertainty, instability and insecurity of work in which risks are borne primarily by workers rather than by employers or the government. The seminar will explore the extent of precarious work in these countries, examine the historical and cultural roots of precarious work, assess the consequences of precarious work for individuals and families in these societies, and consider a variety of political, social and economic policies that might address precarious work and its consequences. Throughout the eighteen months of the seminar, we will attempt to answer these questions in a series of internal seminars involving UNC participants and workshops that will bring in scholars from elsewhere in the U.S. and Asia.


  1. Posted June 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for all your efforts that you have put in this. very interesting info .

  2. Mario Perez
    Posted July 30, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    We need to know more…
    This information is so relevant. We have to explore how we can deal with the “historical and cultural roots of precarious work”, in order to avoid the well known “consequences”

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