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Open Access Chinese and Korean mothers in England: motherhood, gender and employment

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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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Keywords: CONFUCIANISM; EMPLOYMENT; GENDER RELATIONS; MOTHERHOOD IDEOLOGY; SOCIALIST WORK ETHIC

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Email: [email protected]

Publication date: November 1, 2017

This article was made available online on September 28, 2015 as a Fast Track article with title: "Chinese and Korean mothers in England: motherhood, gender and employment".

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