Opportunities, challenges, and transitions: educational aspirations of Pakistani migrant youth in Hong Kong

Wai Chi CHEE*

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Abstract

Through the experiences of Pakistani-migrant families in Hong Kong, this paper explores ethnic minority students’ aspirations for education, work and the future in a context where education is highly valued but also extremely competitive. The first part depicts how Pakistani youth and their parents articulate their aspirations and opportunities and investigates the sociopolitical changes in education that are creating new opportunities for young Pakistani students. The second part considers the challenges from the larger Hong Kong society and within the Pakistani community that may hamper aspirations. The last part examines transitions and promises and the ways Pakistani youth negotiate for better futures. This article delineates the intertwining dynamics of cultural consensus, cultural dissonance and children's agency as the youth navigate the terrain of education and career.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-104
Number of pages13
JournalChildren's Geographies
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • Aspirations
  • education
  • ethnic minority youth
  • Hong Kong
  • Pakistani students

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