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Chinese and Korean mothers in England: motherhood, gender and employment.

Lim, H., 2017. Chinese and Korean mothers in England: motherhood, gender and employment. Families, Relationships and Societies, 6 (3), 375-392.

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Official URL: November 2017, pp. 375-392(18)

DOI: 10.1332/204674315X14418885889329


This article explores the lived experiences of first-generation Chinese and South Korean mothers living in England. The data are analysed using six intersecting categories: motherhood and gender ideology; educational level; reasons for migration; the length of stay in England; family economic circumstances; and the locality of settlement. The findings suggest that, while there appear to be stark differences in Chinese and South Korean mothers’ understanding of motherhood and employment, their accounts concurrently indicate commonalities in terms of persistent gender inequality at home, founded on patriarchal values. Out of the six interrelated categories, their motherhood and gender ideology obtained in their country of origin seems to have had a dominant influence in shaping these women’s experiences, along with their settlement into their respective ethnic communities.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Confucianism; employment; gender relations; motherhood ideology; socialist work ethic
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:22634
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:13 Oct 2015 08:35
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:53


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