Class, culture, migration and mothering
Preface - 13
13 Preface This book is about a group of skilled Chinese migrant mothers’1 experiences of raising their young children in New Zealand. It has mutated from my doc- toral thesis. I immigrated to New Zealand in 1995 under the General Cate- gory and gave birth to my first child in 1997. In the new country, to make a decent living for myself and my young child, I had to find a job. But having a young child and being a new Chinese migrant, there were very few choices of paid work that could accommodate childcare, allow me to have a reasonable income and pursue a career all at the same time. I started working in childcare and hoped it would reconcile my conflict- ing roles as a paid worker and unpaid mother. I became interested in the issues of women, motherhood, women’s work, and children. This interest had been a drive for me to undertake undergraduate and postgraduate stud- ies while working in various childcare centres, and later as a lecturer in ter- tiary education. During those years, my interest evolved and was eventually developed into a doctoral project. This book is intended for early childhood teachers, teacher educators, academics and anyone who is interested in the issues of migration and mothering. The first two chapters are concerned with the theoretical ele- ments of the study. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the study includ- ing the conceptual framework. Chapter 2 gives a brief introduction to the New Zealand early...
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