Chinese and Korean mothers in England: Motherhood, gender and employment

This source preferred by Hyun-Joo Lim

Authors: Lim, H.

Editors: Featherstone, B.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22634/

Journal: Families, Relationships and Societies

ISSN: 2046-7435

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.

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Authors: Lim, H.J.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/22634/

Journal: Families, Relationships and Societies

Volume: 6

Issue: 3

Pages: 375-392

eISSN: 2046-7443

ISSN: 2046-7435

DOI: 10.1332/204674315X14418885889329

© Policy Press 2017. 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.

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