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Whose culture has capital?

Class, culture, migration and mothering

Bin Wu

In no previous generation have so many educated Chinese women with young children immigrated to western countries. Whereas most of the existing research literature in this field tends to study Chinese immigrants in general, this book focuses on a group of skilled female migrant mothers in New Zealand. It aims at understanding the dilemmas and ambiguities particularly concerning skilled female migration: although they belonged to a privileged group in their native land, these women become members of a visible minority in the new country. Middle-class professionals in their birth country, they experience downward social mobility when taking on unskilled jobs in their adopted land; besides having to shoulder heavier domestic workloads as the traditional support for childcare is no longer available in New Zealand. Centering on their mothering practices, this book provides detailed descriptions of how mothers deploy various strategies to maximise the benefits for their children’s education amidst changes and readjustments after migration.

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Appendix I: Information of the Participants - 167

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167 Appendix I: Information of the Participants Participants’ Information Summary Names Years in New Zea- land Highest Academic Qualification obtained in China Chil dren Work Status Husband’s work status Fang More than 7 years Diploma 3 Full-time mother Full-time paid work Emma 6 years Bachelor of Com- merce 2 Full-time paid work Self-employed Alison 7 years Master of Science 2 Full-time mother Full-time paid work Lan More than 7 years Bachelor of Sci- ence 2 Part-time paid work Full-time paid work Anna 7 years Master of Com- merce 2 Part-time paid work Full- time study (n/a sole mother) Gillian 7 years Bachelor of Sci- ence 2 Full-time paid work Full-time paid work Polly 4 years Bachelor of Com- merce 2 Full-time study Full-time paid work Cathy 6 years Bachelor of Com- merce 1 Full-time paid work Full-time study

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