A Study of Acculturation and Adaptation of South Asians in Hong Kong

By Kareen NingLianChing Tonsing.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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The study of acculturation has been well-developed in western countries as evinced by the large volume of extensive literature available. However, in reviewing the literature on acculturation studies, it is evident that there is a dearth of information pertaining to the acculturation and adaptation experiences of South Asians in Hong Kong. Cross-cultural studies have increasingly been interested in investigating what happen to people who have grown up in one culture when they move to another cultural environment. Although there are a substantial numbers of South Asian immigrants in Hong Kong, very little is known about their experiences of acculturation and adaptation, the challenges and opportunities they encounter. To better understand their experiences, there is a a need to conduct a systematic and comprehensive study. This paper presents an outline and conceptual framework within which to investigate and examine the experiences of acculturation and adaptation of South Asian immigrants in Hong Kong.

Keywords: Acculturation, Psychological Adaptation, Sociocultural Adaptation, Social Support, South Asian, Hong Kong

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.189-200. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 618.716KB).

Kareen NingLianChing Tonsing

Doctoral Student, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Science, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Kareen N. Tonsing is a registered social worker, and currently pursuing her doctorate degree at the University of Hong Kong. Her research interest lies in cross-cultural studies, social policy, acculturation and adaptation. Having worked with people from diverse backgrounds, Kareen is interested in studying cross-cultural relations, and to understand how immigrants adjust to living in a new country, the factors that hinder or impede in their adjustment process, and the challenges and opportunities they encounter in the process. Her present research focuses on the acculturation and adaptation of South Asians in Hong Kong.


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