Racism and Sexism: Experiences of Mainland Chinese Women in Hong Kong

Prof. William Lee
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The paper, based on in-depth interview, examines discrimination and social adjustment problems experienced by 33 Mainland Chinese women in Hong Kong. The evidence suggested that Chinese women from Mainland Chins coming to join their Hong Kong husbands under the family reunion policy experience discrimination at both the institutional and individual levels. The findings indicate that institutionalized discrimination has adverse effect on their social adjustment. These Chinese women were regarded as competitors in the tight labor market and perceived as deleting public resources. These perceptions heightened discrimination at the individual level. These problems have filtered into their personal lives leading to broken marriages and depression. This study fills the gap on social maladjustment of new immigrants in Hong Kong.

Keywords: Migration, Women, Discrimination, Hong Kong
Stream: Immigration, Refugees
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Racism and Sexism

Prof. William Lee

Associate Profession/Program Director, Department of Politics and Sociology, Lingnan University
Hong Kong

William Lee research interests include aging studies, gender and family studies, and race and ethnicity studies. He has published over 30 articles and book chapters in various interdisciplinary and social sciences journals, including Journal of Aging Studies; Gender, Place and Culture; Journal of Women and Aging; Asian and Pacific Migration Journal; Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Ref: D05P0170