Education for all: But not Hong Kong’s ethnic minority students

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School participation rates in Hong Kong are acknowledged to be high but not always for the city’s ethnic minority students. Case study was used to portray the ‘out of school’ phenomenon for ethnic minority students at a secondary school in Hong Kong through the experiences of one such ethnic minority student. Morshed, a Pakistani student, participated with the researchers in an unstructured in-depth interview. In addition, interviews were also conducted with the principal, two teachers, and one support staff from the school. The study showed the complex interaction of school contexts and personal life issues that influenced Morshed’s dropping out of school. Implications are drawn for providing better school support that can facilitate more positive schooling experiences for Hong Kong’s ethnic minority students. Copyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-679
JournalRace Ethnicity and Education
Issue number5
Early online dateMar 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


Bhowmik, M. K., Kennedy, K. J., & Hue, M.-T. (2018). Education for all: But not Hong Kong’s ethnic minority students. Race Ethnicity and Education, 21(5), 661-679. doi: 10.1080/13613324.2017.1294573


  • Drop out
  • ‘Out of school’
  • School failure
  • Ethnic minority students
  • Hong Kong


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