Deskilling and Devaluation of Chinese Immigrant Women in Ottawa

Title: Deskilling and Devaluation of Chinese Immigrant Women in Ottawa
Authors: Guo, Xin
Date: 2015-03-17
Abstract: Immigration stimulates Canada’s economic development, cultural diversity and community growth (Basran & Zong, 1998; CIC, 2002a; Ng & Shan, 2010). Since 1987, the Chinese form the largest proportion of immigrants in Canada. Language deficiency, lack of education and gender bias make them vulnerable groups in Canadian society (Man, 2004). Some researchers (Iredale, 2001; Kilbride, 2007; Mojab, 2000; Ng & Shan, 2010; Preston, 2001) found that professional immigrant women encountered difficulties navigating the Canadian labour market and are in jobs for which they are overqualified. This research paper will use postcolonial feminist theory (Gandhi, 2011; Lewis & Mills, 2003; Mohanty, 2003; Spivak, 1985; Minh-ha, 1989) and in-depth interviews to examine the working situation of Chinese immigrant women in Ottawa.
CollectionCommunication - Mémoires // Communication - Research Papers