Chinese professional immigrants in Australia: A gendered pattern in (re)building their careers

Fang Lee Cooke, Jiaying Zhang, Jue Wang

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Few studies have investigated contemporary professional migrant women from mainland China to developed economies like Australia to understand their motives of migration and the strategy they may adopt to advance their careers. This paper fills part of this important research gap by investigating the career rebuilding experience of Chinese professional immigrants in Australia. It examines the motives of their migration, their career aspirations, the strategies they adopt to rebuild their career and the types of career they are rebuilding. It explores how the compounded effect of gender, race, immigration and family commitment may be articulated in the family and social relations, and how these factors affect women s career aspirations and outcomes. This paper concludes that whilst social capital is important for Chinese migrant women professionals who already possess a high level of human capital, to restart their post-migration career, cultural capital is crucial for their managerial career advancement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2628 - 2645
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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