Behavioural acculturation of young Pakistani students in Hong Kong: A qualitative inquiry

Shahid KARIM, Ming Tak HUE

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Abstract

Acculturation is an emerging field of inquiry in the multicultural context of Hong Kong. Behavioural acculturation focuses mainly on cultural practices such as language use, dietary preferences, customs and traditions, socialization and media consumption. Despite a phenomenal growth of research on the educational predicament of immigrant youth based on a deficit-based “stress and coping” approach, there is a dearth of literature on how non-Chinese young people experience the phenomenon of intercultural learning in Hong Kong. This article reports a qualitative study on the behavioural acculturation of a group of Pakistani secondary school students in Hong Kong from a culture leaning perspective. The study findings challenge the deficit-based perspective and advocate a culture-learning approach to the study of acculturation. Copyright © 2021 National Institute of Education, Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
Early online date09 Aug 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 09 Aug 2021

Citation

Karim, S., & Hue, M.-T. (2021). Behavioural acculturation of young Pakistani students in Hong Kong: A qualitative inquiry. Asia Pacific Journal of Education. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/02188791.2021.1960485

Keywords

  • Behavioural acculturation
  • Cultural practices
  • Culture learning
  • Young Pakistani students
  • Hong Kong

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