Working and Caring: Examining the Transnational Familial Practices of Work and Family of Recent Chinese Immigrant Women in Canada

By Guida C. Man.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Recent studies on Chinese immigrants in Canada have indicated an increasing prevalence of transnational migration practices amongst this immigrant group. However, little research has focused on middle-class immigrant women, particularly regarding the transnational migration practices of highly educated and skilled immigrant women professionals. Drawing on empirical research, this paper illuminates highly educated Chinese immigrant women’s transnational familial practices in Canada. It explores how after migration, the women’s marital relationships and their household responsibilities are transformed as a
result of their diminished labor market opportunities, in the context of globalization and economic restructuring. The paper elucidates the various transnational familial practices employed by these women to accommodate the
challenges of working and caring in the new country.

Keywords: Transnational Migration, Chinese Immigrant Women, Transnational Mothering, Family, Gender Relations

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp.199-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 998.431KB).

Prof. Guida C. Man

Faculty, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Department of Sociology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Guida Man is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. Her areas of interest include immigration and transnational migration; families; women and work; and qualitative research methods. She has been involved in a number of research projects which address the concerns of Chinese immigrant women in Canada. Her more recent research examines transnational migration, particularly as it intersects with gender, race, and class relations in the context of globalization and economic restructuring. Based on her research analysis, she has published in numerous refereed journals, monographic series, books, and conference proceedings.


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