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Chinese Immigrant Women In Canada: From Professional To Family Careers

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This chapter investigates labour market outcomes of Chinese immigrants in Canada focusing on the impact of career change on women as they enter the Canadian labour market. The sample includes men and women with higher education, from the People’s Republic of China. Applying an institutional approach, the chapter discusses how professions are institutionalised into segmented labour markets with specific expectations of education and career paths. The chapter analyses how skills, careers and gendered occupational roles are institutionalised differently in the two countries and how skills and gender roles mismatch is particularly disadvantageous towards women. Employers do not accept their credentials and most land low-level jobs. The institutional approach explains how professions constitute rules of the labour market and how social systems create gender roles for work and family life.

Keywords: Canada; Chinese immigrants; family life; labour market; People’s Republic of China



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