Racism and Sexism: Experiences of Mainland Chinese Women in Hong Kong
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
Prof. William Lee
Associate Profession/Program Director, Department of Politics and Sociology, Lingnan University