Gender, Work, and Migration Deskilling Chinese Immigrant Women

The Chinese have constituted the largest immigrant group entering Canada since 1987. This paper focuses on the paid work experience of Chinese immigrant women from Hong Kong and Mainland China who were highly educated, skilled
professionals in their home country. It demonstrates that these immigrant women are being deskilled in Canada and this
deskilling is complicated by the contradictory processes of globalization and economic restructuring, with its polarizing effects
along axis of gender, race, ethnicity, class and citizenship. Gendered and racialized institutional processes in the form of state
policies and practices, professional accreditation systems, employers’ requirement for ‘‘Canadian experience’’ and labor market
conditions marginalize Chinese immigrant women. As a result, they are being channeled into menial, part-time, insecure
positions or becoming unemployed. In order for Chinese immigrant women to become equal and active participants in Canadian
society the provision of inclusive programs and policies is necessary

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Location: Ontario, Canada

Groups: Newcomers/ImmigrantsWomen
Keywords: Labor Market AttachmentGlobalizationImmigrationImmigration HistoryInsecure AttachmentLabor History