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

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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
Title of host publicationRealities and Aspirations for Asian Youth
Subtitle of host publicationEducation, Training, Employment
EditorsSuzanne Naafs, Tracey Skelton
Place of PublicationNew York and London
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages13
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9780429265938
ISBN (Print)9780367730444, 9780367217679
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2019

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